How to prepare a will (during a pandemic)

April 30, 2020

“With the pandemic scare still vivid, writing a will has moved from my should-do list to a top priority. I’m a health care worker. Going to work has been a risk to my health and my family’s, so I’m not taking any more chances when it comes to my final wishes.”

– Priya, North Vancouver, BC

The coronavirus pandemic has many of us thinking about our own health and future, and those of our loved ones. Preparing (or updating) your will right now just makes sense. Current health orders to stay home and physically distance are making it hard to do so — but it’s not impossible!

We have a new page to help. Preparing or updating a will during coronavirus describes some creative solutions for signing a will or codicil, while staying safe. For example, you could sign outside on a garden table, at a 2-metre distance from your witnesses. Or behind glass, from the safety of your car or home. 

We also walk you through some important things to consider at this time. Like what to include in your will if you have young children. Or how to make things easier for your executor if you’re worried about your immediate health.

Laws are changing fast to respond to the crisis. We intend to update this information to keep pace with developments.

We are grateful to work on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, whose Peoples continue to live on and care for these lands.