Where to Get Help with Writing Your Will
|This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Helen Low, QC in January 2016.|
Access Pro Bono
Access Pro Bono operates a clinic to help low-income seniors (ages 55+) and people with terminal illnesses prepare a will.
Clicklaw offers one-stop access to legal information, education and help for British Columbians from trusted organizations. Select the topic “Wills & Estates”.
The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch provides legal information for the public by telephone recordings and over the internet. See the script on “Making a Will and Estate Planning”.
- Lower Mainland: 604-687-4680
- Toll-free: 1-800-565-5297
Law Students’ Legal Advice Program Clinics
Law students from the University of British Columbia offer free assistance to qualifying clients with some legal matters, including preparing certain types of simple wills. The manual used by LSLAP law students has a chapter on "Wills and Estates" that includes sample clauses for making a will.
Lawyer Referral Service
The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch offers referrals to lawyers who can provide a half-hour consultation for $25. The lawyer will not be able to prepare a will for you in this time, but can answer initial questions you may have.
From Legal Services Society, the agency that provides legal aid in British Columbia, MyLawBC is an online resource that enables you to make a simple will through answering a set of questions. It also provides information on wills as well as personal planning documents such as powers of attorney and representation agreements.
Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry
Provides information, education, and support for people to make and use representation agreements and enduring powers of attorney.
Public Guardian and Trustee of BC
This government office may agree to be appointed executor in a will in appropriate circumstances. They can also administer an estate when the executor is not able or willing to do so, or when someone dies without a will.
- 700 - 808 West Hastings Street
- Vancouver, BC V6C 3L3
Self Counsel Press
Self Counsel Press publishes do-it-yourself guides on legal topics for BC, including on making a will.
Society of Notaries Public of BC
A notary public can help with making a will. The Society of Notaries Public of BC offers a list of notaries in the province.
- Lower Mainland: 604-681-4516
- Toll-free: 1-800-663-0343
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