Wills

Contact Meikle Osgood’s Will lawyers in Edmonton, AB to discuss issues regarding wills & other related legal topics.

What should a will include?

  • A Personal Representative (Executor) and Trustee
  • Alternate Personal Representative
  • Payment of Debts
  • Grant the Power to the Personal Representative to Do the Job
  • Deal with Bequest Items
  • Nominate Guardians and Establish Trusts for Children
  • Special Directions
  • Disposition of Residue

You may also wish to include instructions for:

  • Cremation or Burial
  • Organ Donation
  • Wake or Funeral Reception

Some facts to be aware of:

  • A marriage after February 1, 2012 no longer cancels a Will.
  • A divorce does not cancel a Will, however after February 1, 2012, the ex-spouse is presumed to have predeceased the testator
  • You do not have to leave $1.00 to somebody that you wish to exclude
  • A Will is not about things but about dividing all of your assets
  • If you do not have a Will, your Estate will now be governed by the WILLS AND SUCCESSION ACT Chapter W-12.2
  • Portions of the Wills and Succession Act have not yet fully been proclaimed as of March 1, 2017. Please consult your lawyer regarding the current state of the law, and current legislation.
  • The Government does not get everything simply because you do not have a Will (there is an act called the Unclaimed Personal Property And Vested Property Act - which provides for circumstances where no heir is found - in which case your estate does vest in the Crown).N.B. The Government amended statutes regarding Wills and Succession planning matters, the changes took place February 1, 2012. Some of these changes have a retroactive effect on some Wills, typically Wills involving a second marriage. As at February 1, 2012, some portions of the new legislation have not been proclaimed. Please consult your lawyer regarding the current state of the law, and whether your Will needs amending as a result of these change.

N.B. The Government amended statutes regarding Wills and Succession planning matters, the changes took place February 1, 2012. Some of these changes have a retroactive effect on some Wills, typically Wills involving a second marriage. As at February 1, 2012, some portions of the new legislation have not been proclaimed. Please consult your lawyer regarding the current state of the law, and whether your Will needs amending as a result of these changes.