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The Company

LegalWills.ca is operated by PartingWishes Inc., a privately held corporation based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  It is an independent organization which works with lawyers in Canada to provide legal document creation services to the public, but is not itself tied to a particular law firm.  Formed in 2000, the company has a dedicated team devoted to ensuring high customer service, as well as an extensive list of partners and private investors.

Our mandate is to allow people to create common legal documents in a very easy, convenient, private, secure and cost-effective manner, without the need to pay the high expenses of a lawyer. We go far beyond any do-it-yourself kit or online repository of legal forms and documents. If you wish, all of your legal documents can be stored and maintained by you online, in a completely private and secure manner. This will ensure that you can keep it updated to reflect any changes in your financial or family situation.

The LegalWills.ca web site allows members to document their Last Will and Testament, Living Will and Power of Attorney.  Furthermore, at no extra cost, members can specify their funeral wishes, upload important files and documents, and even create messages to be sent after they have passed away.  LegalWills.ca uses a unique Member-Keyholder® relationship, which ensures that the information created by our members is completely secure, yet available to their designated personal Keyholders® only at the appropriate time.

Debbie Dossantos
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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.

Our Executive Team



Tim Hewson

Tim Hewson

Chief Executive Officer

Tim Hewson co-founded PartingWishes Inc. in 2000.  Since graduating from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK with an Honours degree in Human Factors he has accumulated over 15 years experience as a telecommunications consultant and Business Manager for small companies in the UK and in Canada.  He also has extensive experience in e-commerce business management for large corporations in Canada and the United States, and has worked as a Product Manager for market leading Call Center and Unified Messaging products.

Tim has over 20 years of experience helping people to write their Will and other estate planning documents. He has been interviewed by many of the major news media outlets including CTV, Global News, The Toronto Star, and other leading Canadian publications. He has also contributed to a number of financial planning books.

Throughout his career, Tim has written extensively on the subject of Will writing and estate planning.

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Henry Raud

Henry Raud

President and Chief Technology Officer

Henry Raud has over 20 years experience in the PC, telecommunications and software development industry.

Since graduating with an Honours Computer Science degree from the University of Toronto, he has held several technology and executive management positions in a multinational corporation.  During that time, he has been responsible for the successful delivery of many complex software development projects.

Henry joined forces with Tim Hewson in 2000 to form PartingWishes Inc.

As President and CTO, he has full accountability and responsibility for all web site and software development activities, as well as managing the financials of the corporation.

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Our Advisory Team

Bradley M. Sniderman - Attorney at Law

Cindy Harm, BA, MBA - Senior Business Advisor, New York, NY, U.S.A.

John Lumsden, CISSP - Principal Engineer, Tangible Consulting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Gordon Allison, BSc - Human Factors Consultant, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

October 15, 2020

LegalWills.ca becomes the first bilingual online Will writing service in Canada

LegalWills.ca, the online provider of Wills, Power of Attorney, and other common legal documents is now available in both official languages, in every Canadian province and territory.

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August 18, 2020

LegalWills.ca Restructures Their Online Estate Planning Service to Support Quebec

LegalWills.ca has given their online estate planning service an overhaul in order to support Quebec laws, making the online provider of Wills, Power of Attorney, and other common legal documents available in every Canadian province and territory.

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July 30, 2020

Online Will Provider, LegalWills, Announces New Initiative to Support Teachers and Educational Staff as they Return to School

Industry leader in online estate planning, LegalWills, responds to teachers' worries about returning to their classrooms in September - amidst the COVID-19 pandemic - by providing free Wills and Health Care Power of Attorney documents to US, UK, and Canadian teachers and education workers.

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September 24, 2019

LegalWills.ca launches innovative tools to secure assets for Estate Executors

According to the Bank of Canada, there are a total of 2 million unclaimed accounts passed to them by banks and other financial institutions. Many of these belong to deceased account holders, because the estate Executor had no knowledge of the account. If the account remains unclaimed, the balance passes to the Receiver General of Canada.

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June 7, 2016

New survey reveals that 74% of Canadians do not have an up-to-date Will

A new survey by LegalWills.ca suggests that previous surveys may have under-reported the number of Canadians without a Will by not including those who have a Will that is out-of-date.

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March 14, 2014

What would happen to your assets if you died today?

Canadian Legal Wills (www.legalwills.ca), Canada's top provider of online wills, power of attorney and living wills, and MyLifeLocker (www.mylifelocker.com), the ultimate organizational system for all of life's little details, have joined forces to provide Canadians with security and peace of mind when it matters most.

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January 22, 2009

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.

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October 18, 2002

LegalWills.ca Announces Unique Funeral Planning Service

LegalWills.ca has launched the latest in a portfolio of services that allow their members to communicate their parting wishes to friends and loved ones after they have passed away.

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October 15, 2002

LegalWills.ca Announces Unique Service For Communicating Messages After Death

LegalWills.ca announces the latest in a portfolio of services that allow their members to communicate their parting wishes to friends and loved ones after they have passed away. The "MyMessages" service allows members to prepare multimedia messages to friends and loves ones. These messages remain completely private and only get delivered to their recipients after the member has passed away.

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October 1, 2002

LegalWills.ca Introduces New Online Canadian Legal Will Service

LegalWills.ca 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.

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November 3, 2000

LegalWills.ca Launches Unique Internet Estate Planning Services

LegalWills.ca has launched a unique portfolio of services that allow 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.

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Recent news articles covering our services

August 17, 2020

People are eager to have their wills made amid COVID-19 concerns

by Kaitie Fraser, CBC News

"We've certainly seen this year that trigger for writing a will has never been higher," said Tim Hewson, CEO and co-founder of LegalWills. About one will is completed every minute on LegalWills, said Hewson, who also saw a record number of people using the service in April.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/windsor-essex-wills-uptick-as-covid19-concerns-prompt-service-1.5689416

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August 5, 2020

Estate planning company offers Canadian education workers free wills ahead of September

by Travis Dhanraj, Global News

LegalWills is offering Canadian education workers free wills and Health Care Power of Attorney documents in August as debate continues over how to reopen schools safely in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We wanted to do our part to support the education workers who are returning to school and risking their own health and safety during these uncertain times," said Tim Hewson, the estate planning company's chief executive officer and co-founder.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7252102/ontario-education-workers-free-wills-coronavirus/

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April 23, 2020

COVID-19 prompts more people to make wills

by Ross McLaughlin, CTV News

"April has been our busiest month in our 20 years of offering our services, by some margin," Tim Hewson, President of LegalWills.ca, said in an email to CTV News.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-prompts-more-people-to-make-wills-1.4909478

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April 1, 2020

Coronavirus has 'unprecedented' number of Canadians making a will

by Maham Abedi, Global News

A similar uptick in usage is occurring at another online legal document creation company called Canadian Legal Wills. Tim Hewson, the co-founder and president of the company, said the rise in demand has been "unprecedented" across the company's operations in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6761850/canada-coronavirus-wills-power-of-attorney/

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January 31, 2020

Finally going to make a will? Here's what the experts say you should consider

by Truc Nguyen, CBC

For instance, for less than one hundred dollars, LegalWills.ca does offer a lawyer-review service for your documents to offer what Hewson describes as "reassurances, suggestions, recommendations," but that report is provided via email. "We do have [this service] as a safeguard because we do have options that allow people to become quite creative with what they want to put in," says Hewson.

https://www.cbc.ca/life/work-money/finally-going-to-make-a-will-here-s-what-the-experts-say-you-should-consider-1.5447733

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January 4, 2020

4 financial resolutions to really get a handle on your money in 2020

by Erica Alini, Global News

Thankfully, crossing off both a will and life insurance from your to-do list is getting easier and easier if you have a simple financial situation. Solutions like Willful and Legal Wills allow Canadians to make wills and set up a power of attorney online and for a fraction of the cost of seeing a lawyer.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6308785/financial-resolutions-2020/

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December 4, 2019

Technology tools to make estate planning easier

by Ian Hull, The Globe and Mail

LegalWills.ca provides users access to wills and powers of attorney templates so that they can create their own estate-planning documents and store copies of them online securely after they have been executed. Although these services might lack personal connection and personalized legal advice, they may be a suitable alternative to formal lawyer-assisted estate planning for individuals who favour convenience and expediency.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/investing/article-technology-tools-to-make-estate-planning-easier/

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October 21, 2019

How To Write A Will: A Guide For Canadians

How to Save Money

You can either write it on a blank piece of paper in your own handwriting or use an online interactive will service (LegalWills.ca). If anything, remember that your will must be signed and dated by yourself, and two attending witnesses that are not beneficiaries or your spouse, for good measure.

https://www.howtosavemoney.ca/how-to-write-a-will

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September 27, 2019

Golden arches and a sick singer; In-The-News is a little squirrely for Sept. 27

The Chronicle Journal

Among the big errors is assuming that all assets will go to the surviving spouse if there are children. Failing to have someone in charge of the estate can also tear families apart, says Tim Hewson, president of LegalWills.ca.

https://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/national/golden-arches-and-a-sick-singer-in-the-news-is/article_695e6673-9385-5d29-802f-1cace4f1b078.html

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September 26, 2019

Dying without a will can expose families to financial hardships, say experts

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

"If you care about any people while you're alive to leave them without a will you're leaving people with such a mess," says Tim Hewson, president of LegalWills.ca, an online service available in Canada outside Quebec. Failing to have someone in charge of the estate can tear families apart, he said in an interview. "Families who have previously got along just fine, if there's no process, there's nobody in charge, then that can cause a lot of animosity and acrimony in families."

https://www.thestar.com/business/2019/09/26/dying-without-a-will-can-expose-families-to-financial-hardships-say-experts.html

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/09/26/dying-without-a-will-can-expose-families-to-financial-hardships-say-experts/

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June 11, 2019

Are Canadian Will Kits or Online Wills Worth It?

by Tom Drake, Maple Money

LegalWills.ca has been providing Canadians with online estate planning products for almost 20 years, a fact which lends to their credibility in the industry. That said, their top selling point is affordability. With Legalwills.ca, you can receive a last will and testament for as little as $39.95, while a couple's package that includes a will, and power of attorney for you and your spouse, is only $144.

https://maplemoney.com/canadian-online-will-kits/

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May 29, 2019

Will Millennials Be the First Generation to Stop Fearing Death?

by Sam Juric, The Walrus

Tim Hewson was thirty-two when he co-founded Legal Wills, in 2000, after he realized how ill prepared he and his friends were: one night while out for after-work drinks, his group realized not one person at the table had a will. He soon left his job at a tech company and cofounded his web service, where clients can pay to have their wills prepared online.

https://thewalrus.ca/death-will-millennials-be-the-first-generation-to-stop-fearing-death/

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October 27, 2018

Money 123: Importance of having a Will

by Erica Alini, Global News

Like saving for retirement, writing a legal will is a financial must-do. In this edition of our Money 123 series, online journalist Erica Alini looks at what can happen when someone dies without a will. LegalWills.ca has been online since 2003. It operates all over English-speaking Canada and is planning to launch with an English-language website in Québec next year. (But the company is also working on a French-language service to be rolled out throughout the country, co-founder Tim Hewson told Global News.)

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/money-123-importance-of-having-a-will/vi-BBP11pB

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October 20, 2018

7 bad things that can happen if you don't have a will — and how to get one for cheap

by Erica Alini, Global News

But perhaps most importantly, LegalWills allows for unlimited free updates to your will, which means you don't have to pay a lawyer if, say, you have another child or get divorced. Still, if you'd like to get a legal opinion on your online draft, the site will connect you to a lawyer who'll review what you have.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4557041/will-testament-canada-online/

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July 31, 2018

Canadians' legal will options, made easy

by Robb Engen, The Toronto Star

LegalWills.ca is the most affordable and comprehensive online will service. Its longevity is an advantage, as many of its will have gone through the probate process without any reported issues.

https://www.thestar.com/life/advice/2018/07/31/canadians-legal-will-options-made-easy.html

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November 6, 2017

From age to age, a guide for your Will

by Jean Ko Din, The Catholic Register

Hewson, who is also CEO of LegalWills.ca, has 17 years of experience under his belt providing Canadians step-by-step support for creating Wills. Having a Will is only the first task, he said. Maintaining the document throughout your lifetime ensures that your estate plan goals will be carried out in your best interest and in the best interest of your heirs.

https://www.catholicregister.org/item/26310-from-age-to-age-a-guide-for-your-will

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May 3, 2017

Fast and Simple Way To Make a Will

by Bruce Sellery, Moolala, Money Made Simple

Half of Canadians haven't got a Will. We'll show you the fastest, simplest option out there with Tim Hewson from LegalWills.ca.

https://www.legalwills.ca/fast-and-simple-to-make-a-will

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June 21, 2016

Is an online will right for you?

by Ross McLaughlin & Carly Yoshida, CTV News

LegalWills.ca creates custom will documents online for about $40. To create an online will, users set up an account, answer a series of questions, and then print the documents. The site promises the entire process will only take about 20 minutes. Since hiring a lawyer to draft a will can potentially cost more than $1,000, the price is attractive for many people looking for a cheaper alternative.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/is-an-online-will-right-for-you-1.2955228

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June 15, 2016

New survey shows 74% of Canadians don't have an up-to-date will

by Lynne Butler, Estate Law Canada

This company is an online will-writing service that uses software to create an interactive experience that results in the customer having a new will. Here is one of the statements made in their report: "The service at LegalWills.ca uses the exact same software used by estate planning lawyers across Canada. So the final product is usually word-for-word identical to a Will produced by a law office."

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/2016/06/new-survey-shows-74-of-canadians-dont.html

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June 23, 2015

When a do-it-yourself will is better than no will at all

by Jason Heath, Financial Post

Staples has long offered fill-in-the-blank will kits for $19.95. Companies like LegalWills.ca offer interactive online wills for $39.95. And Walmart jumped into the will market last year, offering $99 wills through Axess Law Offices in some of their Ontario stores.

https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/when-a-do-it-yourself-will-is-better-than-no-will-at-all

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July 8, 2010

Baby steps to financial preparation

by Angela Self, The Globe and Mail, Personal Finance

With a little homework and prep on your part, you can minimize the cost of working with a lawyer. Will preparation checklists will help. Or, you could draft your own will with help from such websites as legalwills.ca.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/baby-steps-to-financial-preparation/article1390291/

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