Where to Get Help with Preparing Your Will
|This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Stephen Hsia in January 2019.|
Access Pro Bono
In-person clinic staffed by volunteer lawyers to help low-income seniors (ages 55+) and people with terminal illnesses prepare a will.
Online resource offers one-stop access to legal information, education, and help for British Columbians from trusted organizations. Select the topic “Wills & Estates”.
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 some simple wills. The manual used by law students has a chapter on "Wills and Estate Planning" that includes sample clauses for making a will.
Lawyer Referral Service
Service offering 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.
- Lower Mainland: 604-687-3221
- Toll-free: 1-800-663-1919
Online resource created by Legal Services Society, the agency that provides legal aid in BC. MyLawBC steers you in preparing a simple will through a set of questions. It also gives information on wills and personal planning documents such as powers of attorney and representation agreements.
Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry
Nonprofit charitable organization that provides information, education, and support for people to prepare and use representation agreements and enduring powers of attorney.
Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia
Government office that may agree to be appointed executor in a will in appropriate circumstances. They may also administer an estate when the executor is unable or unwilling to do so.
- 700 - 808 West Hastings Street
- Vancouver, BC V6C 3L3
Self Counsel Press
Publisher of do-it-yourself guides on legal topics, including some guides on preparing a will in Canada.
Society of Notaries Public of BC
A notary public can help you prepare 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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