The Keyholder® Advantage
Where are your important documents, such as your Will, Living
Will or Power of Attorney? Once people create these critical
documents, they often do not tell their friends or family members
where they are stored. Even if you do tell them, there is no
guarantee that many years later they will remember what you told
them, or that you will be able to keep them informed every time you
move your documents to a new location. Contrary to what many lawyers
might tell you, most people do not store these documents in a safety
deposit box at a bank. Instead, these documents are more likely to
be kept somewhere in your home, often well hidden from prying eyes.
What are your assets? You should not provide a detailed
list of your assets in your legal Will. If you do, then every time
there is a change in your possessions, you will have to update your
Will. Instead, you should document your assets separately, such that
they can be communicated to the "Executor" of your Will after you
have passed away. Your Executor will make good use of this
information to locate all of the assets in your estate.
The Keyholder® system. Here at
have developed the Keyholder® system, which allows your designated
friends or family members to locate your documents and important
information. But don't worry. Security mechanisms are in
place which protect you from anyone attempting to access your
documents and information prematurely.
When you pass away, let us worry about communicating the
location of your documents and a list of your assets. The
Keyholder® system includes a unique messaging service which allows
you to describe the exact location of your documents, such as your
Will and Power of Attorney, and to provide a detailed list of assets
for your Executor.
It's FREE. This optional service is provided for FREE to
all members of LegalWills.ca.
There is simply no other company
that provides such a complete and convenient service to their
Your privacy is fully protected. The messages you create
which document your assets and the location of your documents are
completely private and secure. The Keyholder® system ensures that
your documents are stored in a fully encrypted format on our
servers. It's so secure that no one can read them --- not even
us. Furthermore, none of the information you provide is communicated
until after you become mentally incapacitated or have passed away,
and only to the people you specify, so you can rest assured that
your privacy is protected. And you are free to make changes any time
you wish, free of charge.
You can even store your legal documents online. Storing
your legal documents, such as your Will, Living Will and Power of
Attorney, online on our secure server is optional (and free), but it
is a good idea for a number of reasons. First of all, it allows you
to make unlimited modifications and updates to your documents
without having to rewrite them each time, and
for no additional
charge. (Why pay a lawyer every time you need to update your
Will?) Furthermore, although these online versions of your documents
are not legally binding (as they are not signed and witnessed), they
may be useful to loved ones if your original legal documents cannot
We have developed the Keyholder®
security system to protect you from anyone accessing your
documents and information prematurely.
As a LegalWills.ca
member, you can specify up to 20 friends
or family members, each of whom will be given the power to access
your wishes when the time is right. For each person you identify,
you can specify exactly what specific information they can access,
- your funeral wishes
- sending final messages that you have prewritten to your
family or friends
- the contents of your Last Will and Testament
- health care directives contained in your Living Will, if you
are unable to communicate them yourself
- your Power of Attorney document, which contains directions
about the handling of your finances if you are incapacitated
- the important files and documents that you uploaded to your Vault
The Keyholder® system includes specific security mechanisms which
protect the secure integrity of your information and prevent
unauthorized premature access to your documents and services.
These mechanisms are fully customizable by you.
Here's how it works:
The Member creates their documents for the MyWill,
MyFuneral, MyMessages and other services, and names at least one close
friend or family member as their Keyholder®. The documents are stored on
secure server, and paper copies can also be printed.
The member's Keyholder(s)® are notified of their
responsibilities and given a secure ID to be used for accessing the
member's documents at the appropriate time. If the member wishes, they
can also send each Keyholder® their secure ID printed onto a plastic
wallet card for safe keeping.
The member can continue to make unlimited updates to
their documents on the LegalWills.ca
When the member becomes mentally incapacitated or
passes away, the member's Keyholder(s)® request to view the member's
documents on the server. To prevent premature access to the member's
documents, an automatic notification is sent to the member explaining
that a Keyholder® is attempting to view their documents.
If the member does not respond to the notification
within a period of time specified by the member, then the documents are
released to the member's Keyholder(s)®.