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As a Canadian practicing lawyer, we strive to provide services that protect our clients best interests while doing so with the least amount of stress and cost. Canadian Legal Wills does just that. The website allows for a pleasant user experience, in what would otherwise be an unpleasant experience given the subject matter at hand, and provides customers with peace of mind knowing that their wishes are addressed to their satisfaction. The services are well thought out, comprehensive, and cover the standard issues that lawyers address when performing face to face services for their clients.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no requirement to use the services of a lawyer or notary public to prepare your own estate planning documents, including your Last Will and Testament.

The law that defines the legality of a Will is written specifically for each Province, State and Country, but in summary the law requires that the Will is written on a piece of paper and signed in the presence of two witnesses who cannot be beneficiaries to the Will.

Lawyers can certainly help you to prepare your Will, but everybody has a legal right to write their own Will. If you create a document using our service, it must be printed, signed and witnessed according to our instructions, and then it becomes a legal Last Will and Testament.
Quite simply, because we do not provide you with legal advice.

We are giving you direct access to the same software that lawyers use to prepare their documents, but you are doing it yourself. However, if you need custom clauses written to cover an unusual situation, we cannot do that, and we recommend that you seek legal advice. For example, if you have a child with special needs, they would need a trust written for their inheritance. We don't do that.

In most cases, a document written using our service will be word-for-word identical to one prepared by a lawyer.

For a more thorough explanation, please read our blog article: The Cost of a Will in Canada – Explained.

There are no other payments required to prepare your legal Will. You can have a legal Will in your hands for $39.95 CAD with nothing else to pay, ever.

What other options are there?
If you wish, you can have your Will reviewed by one of our lawyers for $69.00 CAD. Most people do not need this, and would not benefit from it, but if you have selected an option such as "None of the above. Let me describe in detail how to distribute my estate.", then you may want to consider this.

Your Will must be printed and signed in the presence of two witnesses. If you do not have access to a printer, we can print it for you and mail it out. The cost for this is $9.95 CAD, but again, most people do not need this option.

We also offer other services like MyLifeLocker™, a Financial Power of Attorney, and a Living Will. They are not required, but they may be useful to you depending on your situation.

What about document storage?
We do not store physical documents, but we allow you to maintain an account with us if you want to update your document in the future.

The Will service costs $39.95 CAD. With this payment, you are able to prepare your Will. It also gives you one year of unlimited updates to the document. You are able to print the document as often as you wish during that first year. You can download it as a PDF or Word file, but to make your document a legal Will, it must be printed and signed in the presence of two witnesses. The online version is there for your convenience only.

If you choose not to maintain an account with us after the first year, your initial payment is all you will ever pay. We do not keep credit card details on file and cannot automatically charge beyond this initial payment.

If you wish, you can choose to store your documents online for longer than a year, which will make it easier to make updates in the future to reflect any changes in your personal or financial situation (rather than returning to a lawyer each time). This is of course optional, but it does make the process of maintaining your document more convenient. $11.95 CAD will give you one additional year of updates, or you can purchase multiple years: 5 years at $24.95 CAD, 10 years at $34.95 CAD, 25 years at $74.95 CAD ($3.00 CAD per year).

Every time you make an update to your Will, it must be printed and signed in the presence of two witnesses again. If you choose not to maintain an account with us, you will always have your printed, signed document. If you don't need to make changes to that document, it will last you for the rest of your life, whether or not you have an account with us.

What happens if I don't maintain an account, and then in a few years I need to update it?
If your account has not been touched in years, and it is inactive, we reserve the right to remove the account. You will receive an email notification that your account might be removed. However, in practice, we have never actually removed any accounts in our over 20 years of operation.

So, in all likelihood, you will be able to simply login to your account and pay $11.95 CAD to reactivate it. This will give you one year of unlimited updates from the date of payment. (You will not have to pay for your inactive years.)

Yes.  A Power of Attorney (also known as a Power of Attorney for Finances) and Living Will (also known as a Power of Attorney for Health Care), are very important documents that should be created and updated at the same time as your Will.

This web site allows you to create a Will, Expatriate Will, Power of Attorney and Living Will.
Here are just a few differences:

  • We have designed our legal document creation services to be of the best quality available today.   We have evaluated many existing do-it-yourself kits and web-based services, including several of the most popular Canadian legal will kits. We were shocked by the poor quality, limited instructions, and low value for money that many of these do-it-yourself kits provide consumers. 

  • Incredible value for money.   Our membership pricing model allows us to provide you with the most value for your money at prices that are unprecedented in the legal industry. We worked with lawyers to bring you this service, and we paid for their legal services so you don't have to. 

  • Plain language help and instructions.  In addition, all of our services provide you with complete instructions and answer your questions in everyday language, free of legal industry jargon.  We have developed our services based on the requirements of the public, not dictated by the legal profession.  Our wizards, help and information are also designed to be the best on the market and are kept up-to-date on an ongoing basis.  

  • Create your Will from the comfort of your own home.  No lawyer required.  Our unique approach allows you to make use of the ultimate convenience of the Internet to write your Will at your own pace, online, and to make changes online at any time free of charge. 

  • Free unlimited updates.  Don't pay a lawyer every time you need to update your Will. We allow your Will to be kept securely online so that you can make free unlimited updates for as long as you are a member.

  • You can still have it reviewed by a lawyer. We have worked with lawyers in Canada to bring you these services and to ensure that they are of the highest quality. But if you wish, we can still arrange for your documents to be reviewed by one of our lawyers, who will check the documents for consistency and completeness.

  • The Keyholder® Advantage. You can take advantage of our unique messaging service which allows you to describe the exact location of your Will and to provide a detailed list of assets for your Executor. All for no extra charge. When you pass away, let us worry about communicating this information to the people you specify. There is simply no other company that provides such a complete and convenient service to their customers. For more information, read about The Keyholder® Advantage.

  • We employ a strong focus on protecting the privacy and security of your information.  We use industry standard encryption algorithms for storing all of your private information, and the design of our services ensures that the contents of your information are made available to the specific people designated by yourself, and only at the appropriate time. 

  • Keep informed and up to date.  If you wish, we can inform you by email about any changes in legislation which may have occurred in your jurisdiction that may require changes to your Will.  Or we can send you simple email reminders, no more than once a year, to remind you to consider updating your Will if any significant changes have occurred in your life.  

Other web sites and do-it-yourself kits simply do not compare.
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Tim Hewsonon March 27, 2019

The cost of a Will in Canada – explained

Two of the most frequently asked questions we receive at LegalWills.ca are:

1. How come your Wills are so cheap?
2. Why are your Wills so expensive?

In this article, we will discuss the cost of a Will. We will explain the different ways to prepare a Will, why each approach costs what it does, what you get and don't get when preparing a Will in a certain way.

Finally, we will explain what goes into our pricing of $39.95 CAD for our Will service.
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Tim Hewsonon December 18, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Preparing a Will

Everybody should have a Will. Not making a Will is unfair to those you leave behind.

Even if your plans for estate distribution are simple and you do not have many assets, it is still much easier for the people that you leave behind to work with a Will than to resolve the estate of a person who has died intestate (without a Will).

If you do not feel that you have significant assets now, remember that your Will only comes into effect when you die, not now, and you cannot possibly predict how large your estate will be when your Will is required.

Preparing a Will is one of the most important tasks you can undertake if you have loved ones. Sadly, most of us put it off until it is too late.
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Tim Hewsonon May 11, 2018

Making a Will in Canada – the Complete Guide to your Options

Your Last Will and Testament allows you to speak after you have passed away. It does absolutely nothing and has no powers whatsoever all the time you are alive.

But as soon as you die your Will has two key functions: it allows you to make key appointments and it allows you to describe the distribution of your assets. These assets include money, possessions, houses, investments, everything that you own.

Making a Will is one of the most important responsibilities of every adult, and it should not be put off until a distant day in the future when you are "old".
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Steve Heathcote

Steve Heathcote

Very easy to use and excellent value for money compared with other online wills that I searched. Full explanations during the step by step process, and great personal customer service when needed.I like their recommendation to use a separate detailed addendum for Executors which can be kept private and easily amended anytime on your computer. They have a host of other services like their notification service, funeral wishes, etc. Very happy with this product.

Jan Kupecz

Jan Kupecz

Loved this product. So very easy to use and produced an excellent document that was pretty much what my lawyer 15 years ago produced and for a much, much higher fee. Well done Legal Wills.

Mike Markle

Mike Markle

Great experience. Quicker, easier and less expensive than a lawyer. The digital access is a nice touch as well with being able to appoint key holders in case something happens. So simple and easy to setup. Would have done this ages ago if I knew how quick and painless it could be. Had my sister set hers up the same day and she had no issues either.

Tom and Sherry Whiteway

Tom and Sherry Whiteway

Excellent product. Virtually foolproof step by step instructions. I have told friends and relatives that even if they have an existing lawyer prepared will and they want to make changes, Legal Wills is the way to go because it is so economical. Could not be happier. Thanks Legal Wills!

Fred Van Arragon

Fred Van Arragon

The process of completing my will was very straight forward, and the information provided to help me understand what to do and why to do it was very succinct and practical. It felt much like completing my online tax return. The wizard led me all the way and it was easy!

Emilie Wallace

Emilie Wallace

I was looking online about making a will and came upon this website. It's fast, user-friendly, easy, and efficient. I feel a lot better knowing I have a will in place as a parent and didn't have to pay so much to get it done. Thank you for this service, Legal Wills!


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August 4, 2020

Is Estate Planning a Women's Issue?

"LegalWills.ca has been in business for 20 years and has a reputation for being a pioneer in online will services. Wills have to go through a probate process once you pass away, which can slow things down and make things difficult for the family if you’re unprepared, but LegalWills has seen hundreds of their Wills make it through probate without any issue. If you’re looking for a Canadian company that has extremely flexible software, joint Executor appointments and zero restrictions on estate distribution (like I was), this is a great choice for you and your family."

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July 15, 2020

LegalWills Canada Review

"LegalWills.ca has been simplifying the will-writing process for Canadians for about two decades. Compared to using the services of a lawyer or going with a free Canadian will template, they offer a solution that is cost-effective as well as safe and legally binding."

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July 8, 2020

LegalWills.ca Review

"It's when you get into the service, you realize how flexible it is. For example, allowing joint Executor appointments, and unrestricted distribution plans for your estate. So, your plans aren't constrained by limitations in the software, which is certainly the case for other online Will writing services."

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June 23, 2020

Legal Wills: Best Online Will in Canada

"I started a search for the best online Will platform in Canada. Legal Wills was the result of my search."

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June 14, 2020

Canadian Legal Wills Review: Canada's Best Online Will Kit

"An overall excellent value. Creating my will was quick and easy. It took me precisely 22 minutes – so 2 minutes more than the "20 minute" prediction. The instructions were quite clear, and the step-by-step process made it easy to create a will that was as basic or as complicated as one wants. I appreciated the per-item pricing which allows customers to decide if they want more of a "package deal" or just a simple basic will. (Unlike other online will kits which lock customers into a highly-priced package.)"

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