This week, from today (March 31) to Sunday, April 6, is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. The purpose of Make-a-Will Week is to “encourage the public to write their will or bring an existing will up-to-date.”
The Ministry of Justice, on its website, briefly discusses the effects of dying without a will. “If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished and the costs of administering your estate may also be higher.”
The Ministry also addresses the importance of having a will. “Having a will helps ensure that important questions for parents – like who will raise your young children if both you and your spouse die – are answered.”
Make-a-Will Week coincides with the Wills, Estate and Succession Act coming into force today. While WESA does not invalidate wills written before today, some of the laws have changed so it is a worthwhile endeavour to review or update older wills.