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OBA focuses on education during Make A Will Month

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 9:47 AM | By Peter Carter

A 2018 poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute showed that a majority of Canadians don’t have a will. In Ontario, only 46 per cent of people have a last will and testament in place. Only 35 per cent say they have one that is up to date.

But according to a statement from the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), everyone needs a will that is properly drafted, and that’s the message OBA members will promote throughout November with nearly 80 free legal public information sessions in every region of the province. 

“As the voice of the legal profession, the OBA has been leading the way when it comes to keeping the public informed and educated about the need to have a will prepared by a lawyer,” said OBA President Colin Stevenson. “Our members are helping people make informed decisions, and I’m proud of them for once again stepping up to offer these free sessions in their communities.”

Marital status, online accounts, digital assets, retirement savings and outstanding loans are just a few things that need to be considered when drafting a will. Documents should also be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure wills are up to date.

“In today’s modern world, there are many important and complicating factors that people must think about when making a will,” said Noah Weisberg, chair of the OBA’s Trusts and Estates Law Section. “The importance of a will cannot be understated. We know that wills help provide for loved ones after they pass, and wills need to be drafted in a way that reflects their wishes.”

Make A Will Month is an annual initiative that promotes members’ expertise and helps inform the public about the need for a properly drafted will.

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