Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer-drafted Will and a Will kit?

A.:            A lawyer-drafted Will incorporates both the relevant aspects of the provincial legislation regarding Wills & Estates with your lawyer’s experience in creating appropriate estate plans that truly reflect your intentions for the administration and distribution of your estate upon your death. Often, your lawyer will work with your accountant or financial advisor to maximize tax planning and minimize taxes payable upon your death, particularly in situations involving small businesses, or rental/recreational properties. A Will kit Will is typically a fill in the blank form, which offers little or no guidance as to your options involving your estate plan and may result in difficulties during the estate administration after your death. There is no substitution for the knowledge and experience your lawyer provides in drafting your Will on your behalf.