How drafting lawyers can 'child proof' wills

Solicitors should avoid common traps that lead to will challenge litigation, negligence claims

How drafting lawyers can 'child proof' wills

This article was provided by WEL Partners.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought great uncertainty to the lives of millions of Canadians. The pandemic also ushered in a significant increase in the amount of people that took a serious interest in estate planning and creating their Last Wills and Testaments. Now, more than ever, people are taking the time to consider their estate plans. Solicitors who draft wills must be adequately prepared for the increase in demand.

There have also been significant changes to legislation across provinces, especially in Ontario where the Succession Law Reform Act was amended to feature a validating provision that provides the courts with the discretion to probate a will that may lack some formal validity.

An upcoming webinar, Child Proofing Your Will: Recognizing & Avoiding Common Traps for Solicitors, will discuss some important points, especially where it concerns preventative concepts in the process of drafting a will and common issues faced by drafting lawyers. The expert panel will address some of the most recent trends and updates in case law across Canada.

This is a great opportunity for lawyers to take advantage of; panellists Kimberly Whaley, Ian Hull, and Jordan Atin will be live, providing real-time demonstrations of e-State Planner, a program that has proven to be extremely effective in decreasing the likelihood of common errors and omissions that could lead to will challenge litigation or even negligence claims. The webinar will also provide some valuable tips, traps, and tools to help identify and avoid errors and omissions.

Don’t miss out on this valuable discussion led by industry experts: secure your spot today.

Brett joined WEL Partners as an articling student in August of 2022. Prior to joining WEL Partners, Brett completed his Juris Doctor at Thompson Rivers University where he was a member of the British Columbia Law Schools moot team and President of the Black Law Students Association. Brett is a strong advocate for making the law more accessible and client-centered. Throughout law school he worked with the Thompson Rivers University Community Legal Clinic and with CanAge, Canada’s National Seniors Advocacy Organization, assisting in the creation of a Massive Open Online Course on Powers of Attorney. Brett views conflict through the lens of a mediator and a litigator and is confident in his ability to provide clients with effective options for the resolution of legal issues.

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