Making a will can be complicated. Some merchants and websites sell model forms to fill out. But is it a good idea to use them?
Sample Wills or Will Kits
A sample will sold in stores and over the Internet is a form you have to fill out. The form helps you write your will and makes you think about things you haven’t considered. It sometimes comes with a guide explaining each item.
However, this might not be ideal for you because forms often contain standard statements that do not apply to your situation or your needs.
Requirements for a Valid Will
The completed form must be signed in front of two witnesses. This is required to meet the conditions of a type of will called a will “made in the presence of witnesses”.
When you die, one of the witnesses must give a statement under oath so that a notary or the court can accept the will as a valid will of the deceased person.
Important: the Sample Will Must Be Valid in Quebec
Make sure the form is valid in Quebec. A form designed for Ontario, the United States or France, for example, does not take Quebec laws into account. This might cause problems later, for the person settling your estate and for your family.
Notaries and Lawyers: Will Experts
Only legal professionals can ensure you have a will that is complete, respects Quebec law, suits your needs and is written clearly, to avoid potential problems.