“Creating a Will takes less time than most people think and can usually be completed in one or two short meetings,” says Daniel Boisvert, a Notary in Delta. “Most people are surprised at how easy it is to create a Will once they set their mind to it, and find the process leads to important discussions and decisions.”
“For many clients, creating a Will brings families closer and creates more certainty and peace of mind for everyone,” adds Nick Aubin, a Notary in the Okanagan.
A properly executed Will creates certainty of your intentions for the distribution of assets and personal effects and the guardianship of minor children. It designates who is responsible for carrying out your wishes (an executor) and covers other vital details such as funeral arrangements.
“There are few things more difficult for an already-grieving family than to find out their loved one died without a Will,” says Laurie Salvador, a Notary in Sidney. “A carefully planned estate can eliminate or at least reduce stress, taxes and conflict. The kindest thing you can do for your loved ones is to leave your affairs in good order.”
A good way to start the process is to identify a legal professional in your community who you trust to assist you in preparing a proper and legal Will.
The Society of Notaries Public of BC represents more than 320 highly trained Notary professionals. Most have locally owned and operated offices and all provide personal assistance to clients around the province. Individuals, families, and businesses seek the services of BC Notaries for a wide range of non-contentious legal matters, including residential and commercial real estate transfers, mortgage refinancing, Wills and advanced healthcare planning, powers of attorney, and other important documents.
The Notary’s Tradition of Trust spans 2000 years. Notaries first came to British Columbia over 100 years ago. They continue to serve their valued clients and their communities across the province.
Editors: Local Notaries are available in many areas of BC to talk about the importance of Wills and what people should think about when preparing a Will.