Ontario Last Will and Testament Sample - Free Download
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MAKING A WILL
This guide will give you some information about Wills and help you do your own basic,
This is not to be construed as legal advice.
WHAT IS A WILL
A Will is a document that you prepare which says what you want done with your
property, possessions, belongings (called your "estate") after you die. It also names the
person who you want to carry out the terms of your Will (called your "executor").
A Will is important because it simplifies matters upon your death and makes sure
that your property passes to those people that you want to get it.
WHO CAN MAKE A WILL
Anyone over 18 years of age can make a Will. When you make a Will, the law
says that you have to be of "sound mind". Sound mind means that you do not have a
mental impairment that stops you from knowing what you are doing.
KINDS OF WILLS
1. Handwritten Will
A handwritten Will is called a "holograph" Will and is legal. It has to be totally
handwritten in your own handwriting. Then you have to date it and sign it at the end.
A pre-printed form that you fill in by hand is not a holograph Will and must signed
with witnesses, as described in the next paragraph.
2. Typed Will
A typed Will has to be dated and signed in front of two witnesses. The two
witnesses must also sign the Will. All three (you and your two witnesses) must be
together when signing. The two witnesses cannot be people who will get something
from your estate when you die.
A videotaped Will is not valid in Ontario.