Canada
Canada's #1 provider of online Wills, Power of Attorney & Living Wills.
Thousands of legal documents every week.  Over 14 years in business.
April 21, 2014  
BBB Rating: A+
LegalWills.ca is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review.
Follow us on
Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Read our blog
100% Money Back Guarantee
30 Day, No Questions Asked
Money Back Guarantee
This is a secure site
News

Latest News

This is where we announce the most recent changes and additions to our web site, as well as capture the latest news about our company and about the industry.

Legal Wills Blog - April 21, 2014 RSS Feed

Aaron Thomas from Baby Talk 360 talks with LegalWills.ca CEO Tim Hewson about making sure you have a Will after you have kids... some great info on WHY you should have one:


Documenting your assets; online or paper?
The single most challenging job for an Executor of a Last Will and Testament is to gather up the estate. The estate is made up of land or buildings, financial accounts and policies, “chattels” (stuff that you own), and now, increasingly online accounts. If the list of assets is not written down or stored anywhere it […]

Keeping up to date with Estate Planning laws
This week in Canada, the Province of British Columbia enacted new laws for the preparation of Wills. The changes were described by some as “sweeping” and the “most significant update in the law for decades”. In reality though, there were only two meaningful changes for service providers like us. Firstly, it lowered the eligible age for preparing […]

Why common-law marriage is a myth
Often times we end up writing articles that try and explain the kind of mess you can get into if you don’t have a Will. So often, the complexities of the law can be avoided completely if you write a Last Will and Testament. Common-law marriage is a case in point. According to some statistics, […]

You may not need legal advice to write a Will
I received an interesting comment from somebody recently; “I learned of a woman who did a Will through this process but was not advised about how to care for her disabled child when she passed. No Hensen trust was set up for the child. In my personal and professional experience, a person should receive legal advice […]

The funnel to a successful estate plan
It’s an unfortunate reality that very few people end up with a perfectly executed estate plan. In an ideal world we would see every person’s assets being passed to the next generation in a way that represents their wishes, in reality there are a number of key steps to this process and consequently too many […]

Where are your assets?
Let us assume for now that you are one of the minority who has written your Last Will and Testament. Now let us assume that you are one of the few of that minority who has bothered to keep it up to date. There’s a good chance that your Will would say something like “I […]

The challenge of keeping your Will up-to-date
Most professional advisors recommend that you update your Will after key life events. Certainly marriage, divorce, the birth of new children, or the death of a beneficiary would all necessitate a review of your Will. Sadly though, these life events are generally so significant that the updating of your Will is probably the furthest thing […]

Fear and loathing of our Will service
There are generally two different reactions to our legal Will service and yesterday we experienced both. A lawyer tweeted yesterday about our service “Danger, Avoid”, and then an hour later somebody called into our customer service line and said “my mother had a Will written up when she was 85 and was charged $700, we […]

Six ways the law is a hundred years out of date
As the owner of a company that allows people to prepare their own Will – online, at any time, there are many services we would love to add, but are continually stymied by a law that fundamentally hasn’t changed in centuries. We live in a smartphone, biometric, social World which is entirely ignored by our […]

What exactly is a Last Will and Testament?
One of the most common questions we receive at LegalWills is “do I need a lawyer’s stamp or something to make my Will a legal document?”. The easiest way to answer this question is to look at the legal statutes that define exactly what makes a random document an actual Will. Let’s take one from […]


News Headlines - April 21, 2014

Reduce Estate Tax By Making Gifts
You can do a lot to minimize your estate taxes before you die. One way is to make some gifts.

Nightmare On Elm Street
Declining home prices and higher adjustable rate mortgage payments spell big trouble for some borrowers.

Choosing The Right Financial Adviser
Like hiring a personal trainer, finding the right financial adviser can help whip your finances into shape.

Pay Death To Go Away
Five ways to turn your wealth into health.

Insuring The Future
Newlyweds need protection now more than ever.

Taxes: Estate Planning
You can't take it with you, but you don't have to give it all to the government either.

Estate Planning
Here are ten things you need to know about estate planning.

Estate Planning In The Digital Age
If you died, could anyone access your online accounts? Here's how to protect and pass on your digital assets.

You're Dead, Now What?
An estate plan will help your loved ones avoid delays, legal problems and uncertainty.

Grandma's Got A Boyfriend, Now What?
The older you are, the more complicated your finances, especially if you're combining households.

Living Spaces to Open Newest Location in Arizona
California-based Living Spaces is opening its newest location, and second store in Arizona, on April 24, 2014. The Living Spaces Phoenix showroom will be located at 6600 W. Latham St.

Steamboat briefs: Casey’s Pond to host information session, lunch
Casey’s Pond Senior Living will hold a free informational seminar and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The seminar will focus on nursing home myths. Participants will learn about the common nursing home myths, the new resort-style senior living environments, the history of nursing homes and new trends in senior care. Participants also will be able to take a tour of the community ...

The Birches officially opens in Newtown Township; will roll out the red carpet for a public open house in April
NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP - The Birches will welcome its first residents this week inaugurating Bucks County's newest senior living community.

Lawyers help people fill out living wills at nursing homes
Helen Henzler filled out a living will on Wednesday because she wants to make sure her end-of-life wishes are followed.

Labour takes aim at Tory marginals in 'middle Britain' vote drive
Labour party sees cost-of-living struggle of 'middle Britain' as key to 2015 election Labour will this week launch a drive to win over Tory and floating voters in "middle Britain", having identified the cost of living as the key issue that it thinks could swing the next election in marginal Conservative-held seats. The New Labour-style move, the first intervention by the party's recently ...

Almost three-quarters of people fear living standards will fall in old age | Kate Murray
Older people, carers and professionals say the government is unprepared for the challenges of our ageing population, survey finds "We're an old country – with our best years ahead of us." That's how David Cameron once characterised Britain, as he set out his vision to "defuse the demographic timebomb" and use its energy to power the country forward. Yet new research for the Guardian shows many ...

Steamboat briefs: Casey’s Pond to host free information seminar, lunch
Casey’s Pond Senior Living will hold a free informational seminar and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The seminar will focus on nursing home myths. Participants will learn about the common nursing home myths, the new resort-style senior living environments, the history of nursing homes and new trends in senior care. Participants also will be able to take a tour of the community ...

Tubman project receives extra $100,000 loan
A senior living facility will receive an additional $100,000 in federal loan money to make renovations this spring.

'Hannibal' Mood Map: Back to Normal?
Will Graham is a nutty ultra-empathetic FBI consultant who helps profile serial killer cases, and the ultra-intelligent psychotic killer Hannibal Lecter is his shrink, still living a publicly normal life. Mason and Margot are characters from the Thomas Harris book Hannibal, the third in the series and very far in the future for Fuller to be reaching.

Learn about sustainable living at fair
EUREKA -- The second annual Sustainable Living Skills Fair will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B St.

Advance directives -- today's the day: National Healthcare Decisions Day
Both Riverside and Sentara health systems are promoting the importance of Advance Care Planning in order to reduce medical costs and provide appropriate care in keeping with a patient's wishes.

Take time now for end-of-life decisions, experts advise
Easter is for many people the holiday of peace, and some experts in advance directives -- paperwork that gives our dying wishes -- say this is a good time to get peace of mind by filling them out, or at least discussing your wishes with loved ones.

Cognitive Impairment Common Among Community-Dwelling and Nursing-Home Resident Elderly Nearing End-of-Life
More than 70% of elderly Medicare beneficiaries experience cognitive impairment or severe dementia near the end-of-life and may need surrogate decision makers for healthcare decisions. Advance care planning for older adults with dementia may be particularly important for individuals who do not reside in a nursing home or a long-term care facility, according to an article published in the April ...

Press Release
PORTLAND Ore. April 3 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Â Since only one in four Americans has completed an advance directive indicating their end-of-life healthcare wishes Compassion & Choices today urged all Americans to "Make Your Plan" for National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) on April 16. Compassion & Choices is holding dozens of local events throughout the country to encourage and help ...

How Can You Make Sure Your Care Wishes are Met if You Can't Speak Up?
CHICAGO, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While no one wants to think about the possibility that one day their health, or a loved one's, might be compromised and prevent them from making their own health care decisions, it becomes an unfortunate reality for many Americans every...

RMC observing National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16
The Regional Medical Center and other organizations are highlighting the importance of making health care decisions in advance — an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Advance Directives
If you got sick and couldn't take care of yourself, do you know how you would be cared for or what type of decisions would be made regarding your health? A simple form called an Advance Directive could help you answer those questions. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day and in our Martha Jefferson Healthwise report, Stephanie Satchell met with Doctor Karen Starr to find out how the ...

Media Alert: Qualidigm to Host Call-to-Action Public Awareness Event at Connecticut State Capitol on National ...
The April 16th event will educate the public about the importance of making healthcare decisions known in advance. Congressman John Larson will be the featured speaker along with government representatives and a national expert on advance directives. (PRWeb April 14, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11760964.htm

Should I make a living will?
These documents also known as advance directives set down the type and amount of medical care we wish to receive when we are incapable of making the decision for ourselves More than 70% of Americans have made an advance directive, also known as a living will. According to a study in this month's Journal of the American Geriatrics Society the figure has risen from 47% to 72% in just 10 years. If ...

Free Medical Living Wills offered at community center
The El Paso County Attorney’s office, University Medical Center, and the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) joined forces Wednesday, offering free Advance Medical Directives (living wills) and medical Powers of Attorney to t 0 0 read more

Brighton women arraigned in elder scam
A probate lawyer urged seniors to give power of attorney only to someone they know well after two Brighton women were arraigned yesterday on a 63-count indictment accusing them of stealing more than $450,000 from a disabled elderly neighbor by leveraging the woman’s cat to gain control of her finances.

Renowned Attorney and Mediator John Powell, III Donates $1,000 to The Pearland ISD Educational Foundation as Part of ...
Community leader and celebrated attorney and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professional spearheads fundraising for educational grants in tough economic times. (PRWeb April 19, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/mediation/powellfirm/prweb11771913.htm

NH Legal Perspective -- Health care decision making Pending legislation fills gap
Surprisingly, only about one-third of New Hampshire residents have taken advantage of their right to designate another adult (an 'Agent') under a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care document even though such documents have been available in our state for years.

The healing power of an apology
Thousand of patients complain each year about their care and the conduct of health providers in hospitals and other facilities in B.C. Such complaints should be seen not as a nuisance, but "an invitation for quality improvement," an international expert told Canadian health leaders at the National Patient Relations Conference in Vancouver earlier this month.

Power of Attorney for Property Just as Important as a Written Will: Scotiabank Estate Planning Experts
Study finds one third of Canadians have powers of attorney for property Half of Canadians have not spoken to their families about their written wills A recent Scotiabank study found that half...

SENIOR SIGNALS: Answering questions on power of attorney, conservatorship
We continue to receive lots of questions from elder care professionals and members of the community about power of attorney and conservatorship. It has been awhile since we have devoted a column to this topic and we decided it was time for a review.

SENIOR SIGNALS: Questions about power of attorney and conservatorship
Daniel. O Tully We continue to receive lots of questions from elder care professionals and members of the community about power of attorney and conservatorship. It has been awhile since we have devoted a column to this topic and we decided it was time for a review.

Healing is the message of interfaith service for shooting rampage victims
Clergy of different faiths, joined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, delivered messages of hope and unity Thursday before more than 1,300 people gathered at the Jewish Community Center in… Click to Continue »

Cyrus Mistry's family owned company accuses its attorney of fraud, illegal land sales
A company owned by the family of Tata Sons chairman , Cyrus P Mistry, has accused the attorney it hired to take care of issues related to properties it bought from the Hyderabad Nizams of fraudulently selling them.

How to Have Some Control Over the Last Days of Your Life
In 2007, Gretchen Wirges’ father was diagnosed with cancer at age 62. Her parents had not set up living wills, which spell out what actions should be taken for your medical care if you become incapacitated or unable to communicate your wishes directly. The living will could give power of attorney to relatives, friends or lawyers to act on your behalf. The Wirges family scrambled to do the ...

 

LegalWills.ca News Articles RSS Feed

PRESS RELEASE: LegalWills.co.uk Launches DIY Online Legal Will Service
The new, online service from Legalwills.co.uk allows individuals to prepare their will, in the convenience of their own home, for a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer.

A Last Will and Testament - The Worst Excuses For Not Having One
What should every adult have, but nearly three quarters do not? An up-to-date Last Will and Testament. Most people do not have a legal Will because of these top 10 excuses.

PRESS RELEASE: A Legal Will Does not Last a Lifetime
Most Canadians do not have a legal Will, but of those that do, most are not kept current. The process of maintaining one's Will is extremely important, but with a lawyer it can be inconvenient and expensive. A new online service by LegalWills.ca allows people to maintain their legal Will conveniently and cost effectively.

Where There's A Will...
The one thing in life that is guaranteed is death, and it is never too early to start thinking about your last wishes.

Living Wills
Death and dying-it's something that many people avoid talking about. But refusing to talk about it and make your end of life decisions can cause you--and your family--more grief and money than you may know.

Everybody's going to die, so we all need Wills
It may not be a pleasant thought to think about, but it happens. Everyone will die, and not all of us will die peacefully on our deathbed. It is vital that everyone, including teens, have a will.

Poll: More planning ahead for death, living wills
People are more likely these days to plan for their own death or talk to close relatives about the subject that many have long been inclined to avoid, a poll found.

Promoting Advance Directives
Society has paid a price for not recognizing the value of advance directives.

End of Life Care
There are a great many care options for the last days of life. Emotional and philosophical concerns, deciding where to receive care, and legal documents (such as advance directives, a health care proxy, and a living will) need to be discussed, decided, and legally secured to ensure you receive the treatment you want.

Gay Wills: Giving You The Choice
Under current legislation, if you don't make a Will your gay partner has no automatic right to your estate.

Wills Protect Children's Interests
Your will may be the most important document you ever create for your children.

Clearing Up Estate Document Confusion
Few topics confuse investors more than figuring out what estate-related documents they need. Living Wills, Living Trusts, and Powers of Attorney are just a few of the terms that most find hard to define, let alone understand.

Be specific about your final wishes
What is the difference between advance directives and DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)? What should I do?

Legal Issues of Elderhood
There are four crucial documents each senior citizen should have: 1. An updated and valid will; 2. A durable power of attorney; 3. A living will; 4. A durable power of attorney for health care.

Living Wills Can Help In Hard Times
Q: My family and my doctor have been pushing me to sign a living will. I'm not comfortable signing a living will at this time. Do I really need one, or is this something I can do without?

Think About Your Estate Planning Checklist
You may think it's too soon to do estate planning. Yet, none of us can predict the future - so you'll want to be prepared for anything.

Digital Inheritance Raises Legal Questions
As more of our personal lives go digital, family members, estate attorneys and online service providers are increasingly grappling with what happens to those information bits when their owners die.

Families Need To Communicate End-of-Life Wishes
What do "quality of life," "heroic measures" and "dying with dignity" mean to you? What kind of care would you want if you were unable to speak for yourself? What are your hopes and fears about the medical treatments you might or might not receive? What makes life worth living or, conversely, not worth living?

What Next?
So, you've planned carefully, consulted the professionals and have your estate plan in order. Have you considered, however, what would happen if you became incapacitated or died suddenly? Would your spouse, family, attorney-in-fact or successor trustee know what to do?

Young, Single and in Need of an Estate Plan
Remember that hilarious episode of "Friends" where Ross convinces Rachel, Phoebe and the others to sit down and write their wills and designate durable power of attorney to each other in the event something should happen to them?

Little Things Cause Big Problems After Death
Death and taxes. We can't avoid them. And though we talk about taxes, death is a subject most of us avoid. We know it's out there and coming this way. Yet, we don't discuss it.

End-of-life Issues
Few things are more unnatural than talking about the end of one's life. It is a very uncomfortable topic to discuss with your partner, children, family and sometimes even your health-care provider.

As a Life Ebbs, the Ultimate Family Quarrel
Many people will put off the writing of a Living Will thinking that their family will be able to agree on the most appropriate care. Countless press articles suggest that the 30 minutes or so that it will take to prepare a Living Will is time very well spent.

Florida Supreme Court Decision Highlights Importance of Getting Health Care Wishes in Writing
Elder Law Attorneys Offer Nine Tips to a Living Will, Health Care Proxy and Health Care Power of Attorney

The Desperate Case of Terri Schiavo
The lengthy legal battle over the fate of Terri Schiavo in Florida has heightened people’s interest in Living Wills and the Healthcare Power of Attorney.

Get Cracking On Will
People, in general, are often hesitant to prepare wills. There's a number of reasons for this.

Digital Wills Concept Tested in Australia
People have been known to hide their wills in some pretty unusual locations, but concealing one in digital form inside a watch may take some beating.

Member wins Six Feet Under DVD set during "Make A Will Month"
LegalWills.ca ran a "Six Feet Under" contest. This contest was to promote the October "Make A Will Month".

PRESS RELEASE: PartingWishes.com Introduces New Online U.S. Legal Will Service
PartingWishes.com announces a revolutionary new service, enabling consumers to create and update their Wills over the Internet. Now, from the comfort and privacy of their own home, all that a consumer needs is an Internet connection and about 30 minutes to create a custom Will that is legal in their local jurisdiction.

U.S. Online Legal Will Creation Service is now Available
PartingWishes.com is pleased to announce that the MyWill™ service is now available for our U.S. members. (This service was made available to our Canadian members earlier this year.)

A Death In The Family Brings Financial Issues
Here's a list of my top financial issues to consider when your spouse or common-law partner (CLP) dies.

Canadian Online Legal Will Creation Service is now Available
Who will care for your children? Who inherits your house, your money, or your prized baseball card collection? At LegalWills.ca we have removed the obstacles to writing a Will. It is convenient, low cost, and simple.

PRESS RELEASE: LegalWills.ca Launches Unique Internet Estate Planning Services
LegalWills.ca has launched a unique portfolio of services that allows consumers to communicate their final wishes to loved ones after they have passed away. The interactive web site includes services for describing funeral wishes, drafting a legal Will and preparing multimedia messages.

Elders' 'Day-At-A-Time' Approach Neglects Planning
Senior citizens must ensure that their Will, Living Will, Power of Attorney, funeral plans and healthcare directives are in order.

Family Feud Over Ted Williams Body
The family feud over Ted Williams' body deepened when his Will showed that he wanted to be cremated, but the executor of his estate said the slugger later decided to be frozen.

Wills Can Leave a Bitter Legacy
Poor planning, vague bequests may lead to family feuds, lawyers warn.

Stuart Adamson of Big Country dies without a Will
A number of high profile cases have made headlines in North America which demonstrate the importance of writing a Will and keeping it up to date.

Same-sex Partners Should Each Write a Legal Will
News articles highlight the importance of writing a will in same-sex relationships.

More Than Half of Americans Don't Have a Will, Says New Survey by FindLaw
According to a recent survey, 59% of American adults don't have a will, giving them little control or input into issues, such as what will happen to their assets and any minor children, after they die.

MyMessages™ service goes live
LegalWills.ca unveils the MyMessages™ service, which allows members to prepare multimedia messages to be delivered to designated friends and family members after they have passed away.

CBC's Market Place attacks the Canadian Legal Will Kit (also known as the Canadian National Will Kit, the Canadian National Will Guide, and the Complete Canadian Will Guide)
Consumer affairs TV show 'Market Place' attacks a product called the Canadian Legal Will Kit, and questions the use of all Do-It-Yourself Will kits.

Complete Strangers May Get a Share of Your Estate
Another case demonstrating the consequences of dying without a Will has been reported in California. This time the California Supreme Court reluctantly decided that a widow whose husband died without a Will must share his property with his half siblings, even though he never knew of their existence.

 

We are proud to have been seen and featured in...
We are proud to have been seen and featured in...
Privacy and Security Protection
Secured by SSL Secured with RSA Encryption SafeSurf Rated Privacy Protection Family Friendly Site