Now updated: Booklet on preparing your will

March 7, 2019

"My sister Susan died without a will. A year before, she told me what she wanted done with the things she owned. A valuable painting she owned was supposed to go to me. But without a will, there’s no way to prove it. So everything is going to her daughter."

– Janet, Vernon, BC

Just in time for Make a Will Week in British Columbia (April 7 to 13), we’ve updated one of our most popular publications, Preparing Your Will. This booklet explains how to prepare a will, what to consider when appointing an executor, and next steps after the will is finished.

This update to Preparing Your Will features:

  • Updated content. The booklet is now current to January 2019.

  • More practical guidance. More tips, more user stories, and more step-by-step guidance to help you understand your options and take action in preparing your will.

  • Our fresh new look. This update features our new look for People’s Law School booklets, with a more readable font and layout.

We've also renamed the booklet — Preparing replaces Writing. We asked users what word would most likely encourage them to tackle the task of preparing a will. Because we want you — the public — to feel empowered to take action on your everyday legal problems.

The updated booklet is available now on Clicklaw Wikibooks and as a PDF download. If you wish to order multiple copies of the print booklet, you can do so from Crown Publications.

Many thanks to our legal reviewer Stephen Hsia for reviewing this update for legal accuracy.

Stay tuned for updates coming later in March on three other popular booklets, Being an ExecutorPower of Attorney, and Working in BC.

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