You want to make a will, but don’t know where to start. You read an article about it and search the Internet. To your surprise, you learn that some websites sell a sample will for about $50. Is it a good idea to use this kind of sample?
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 forces you to 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. Therefore, to be valid, it must 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 for the person settling your affairs after you die and for your family.
Notaries and Lawyers: Will Experts
Only legal professionals can ensure that you have a complete will that follows Quebec law, is adapted to your needs and is written clearly to limit potential problems.
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.