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Preparing a will and estate planning

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Preparing a will is a key step in planning for what happens when you pass away. Learn the essentials of preparing a will and tips for creating an estate plan.


Are you preparing a will or making changes to your will during the current coronavirus pandemic? Preparing or updating your will during coronavirus walks you through important things to consider at this time. As well, it explains how to sign and witness a will in a way that is valid and safe.

What you should know

Prepare a will

After you pass away

Common questions

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in November 2020
  • Time to read: 14 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Hugh McLellan, McLellan Herbert

Hugh McLellan, McLellan Herbert

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.


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