Ontario allows for virtual Wills & Powers of Attorney
April 10th, 2020
As a result of the COVID19 crisis, there has been a sharp increase in wills and estate planning across the province. On April 7th, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General declared “Ontario is allowing wills and powers of attorney to be witnessed virtually so people can safely put their affairs in order during Covid-19”.
With over 35 years of experience, our team at Neal Law is ready to assist all of your will and estate planning needs. We are also able to provide technical support for facilitating online virtual meetings. Contact us today, and ensure that your estate needs are well cared for.
Don’t be Pennywise and Pound Foolish
April 7th, 2020
This old saying applies to making a will. Unfortunately there are a number of websites and businesses that have little to no legal experience, now offering shoddy will kits. This documentation is not always legally binding, and can exacerbate a problem in the pursuit of saving time and money.
Our firm was recently involved in a lengthy and very expensive legal battle over the legitimacy of the use of a homemade will. Our client and their partner used a home will kit, but neglected to follow proper legal procedures. When our client’s partner passed, the family of our client made claims that the will was fraudulent, and the chosen witnesses denied signing the papers. At this stage, our client was required to hire legal counsel and endure the very expensive process of going through the courts in order to come to a solution for the estate in question. Hiring a lawyer for this process costs around $600 – $1000. Instead, our client had to go through the court and amassed around $35 000 in legal fees in order to come to a final ruling.
At Neal Law we want you and your loved ones to be protected. We urge our clients to be diligent and when it comes to your estate planning; to do it right the first time. Call us today at 905.436.9015 and allow our team to assist you.