There are essentially three approaches to writing a Will in Ontario.
- You can write your own Will starting with a blank sheet of paper or a blank form Will kit
- You can prepare your Will with a professional lawyer
- You can use Will writing software like the service at LegalWills.ca
Background to Ontario Law
In Ontario, a Will must comply with the Ontario Succession Law Reform Act of 1990. The law states that:
- A Will is only valid if it is in writing (video Wills, audio recordings, or verbal promises are not legally accepted)
- At the end of the document it must be signed by the “testator” (person for whom the Will is made) and also signed by two witnesses.
- The testator may make a valid will completely in their own handwriting and signature, without the presence, attestation, or signature of a witness (this is a “holographic Will”).
There are other interesting clauses within the Succession Law Reform Act, including the minimum age, and special clauses for active military service members. However, the clauses we have highlighted are the most pertinent to the discussion of how to make a legal Will in Ontario.