April 8 to 14, 2018 is Make a Will week in British Columbia! If you're one of the 45% of BC residents who don't have a valid will, consider setting an appointment this week to make a new will or update an old will.
Making a will is the best way to ensure that your wishes will be respected after you're gone, and will help you avoid the kinds of conflicts that can lead to estate litigation. Unfortunately, as CTV News reported last year, inheritance disputes are on the rise in BC. In that feature, CTV spoke to our senior partner Michael Mark about planning to avoid common conflicts that can lead to estate litigation.
Making a will also gives you the chance to give back to your community by making bequests to charities that are meaningful to you. Our lawyers can help you to plan charitable gifts in your will so that they're as effective as possible for the causes you care about. To learn more about the benefits of planned giving, check out this article from the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
If you're interested in making or updating a will, please contact us! Our lawyers are happy to help build an estate plan that works for you.