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Willful’s Will plan ($99) includes a “will in front of witnesses.” With this plan, you’ll enjoy the convenience of Willful’s platform by being able to create a legal will at home. However, with this plan, you’ll need to print your documents on paper and physically sign and witness your will.
A notarial will is the most common type of will in Quebec. It does not require probate after you pass away, which can help save your family time and money. Willful’s Notarial will plan includes execution by our notary partner. Due to COVID-19 emergency orders, you can also fully create and execute your notarial will digitally with our notary partner, no paper required.
No matter which plan you choose, all Willful documents come with clear and detailed instructions to help ensure your will is legally binding.
Most Canadians are a great fit for Willful. Our specialty is simple estates, which represents around 80-90% of Canadian estates.
There are some situations where you may want to visit a lawyer, including:
Willful’s plans are all a one-time fee. There are no ongoing subscription costs.
Each Willful plan includes free unlimited updates to your will for life. This is included with the cost of your initial Willful plan. However, if you make changes to your Notarial will, you will need to have your will executed again by a notary.
Willful is currently available in English and French. We hope to offer more language options in the future!
Yes! Both Willful plans in Quebec offer free unlimited changes to your will on the Willful platform.
However, if you make changes to your Notarial will, you will need to have your will executed again by a notary. Each Willful Notarial will plan includes one (1) execution by notary, so any additional executions will come at an additional cost. If you are looking to book a second appointment with a notary partner for your Willful will, please contact us here.
Willful does not offer mirrored or joint wills.
Mirrored wills default to leaving everything to your spouse when you pass away. However, it can be limiting for most couples, since there isn’t the flexibility to make individual choices. With Willful you can achieve the same result as a mirrored will by choosing the option to leave everything to your spouse when you pass away.
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Yes! Willful wills contain a carry-on business clause, which allows your executor to act on your behalf for your business interests.
However, some business owners choose to create dual wills to separate their business assets from their personal assets. It is not necessary to have a dual will, but there may be tax implications. Willful does not handle the creation of dual wills at this time.
Absolutely! If you currently have a will that you had drafted previously, you can still create an updated will with Willful. We’ll walk you through the process to ensure you have a document that fits your current life situation. Once you’ve printed and signed your new will, simply make sure to destroy any previous versions!
Once you’ve made a will with Willful, it’s easy to make updates at any time. The best part? Updates are absolutely free.However, if you make changes to your Notarial will, you will need to have your will executed again by a notary.
Yes! As long as you meet the requirements for a legal will in Quebec, a will drafted online is 100% legal.
Willful works with a Montreal-based law firm and notary partner, and all our documents have been adapted to meet local requirements.
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A notarial will is the most common type of will in Quebec. It does not require probate after you pass away, which can help save your family time and money. Willful’s notarized wills includes execution by our notary partner. Due to COVID-19 emergency orders, you can also fully create and execute your notarial will digitally with our notary partner, no paper required.
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You are not able to create wills on behalf of anybody else such as your parents, grandparents, friends, or neighbours.What makes a will legally valid is that it is created by the testator (aka the person that the will is for). While you can discuss your wishes with family or friends, you must make all decisions yourself.
The person creating their will with Willful must create their own account using their own email address, and complete the process on their own for the will to be legal.
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When you pass away, your place of residence at the time of your death becomes the residence of your estate - for example if you pass away in Quebec, your estate will be located in Quebec.
If you appoint an out-of-province/country executor, it changes the location of your estate to wherever the executor resides.
Other countries also have different tax implications for out-of-province or country beneficiaries.
So yes - you can appoint out-of-province or out-of-country executors or beneficiaries with Willful. However, this can have major tax implications and you may want to speak with a tax specialist to understand how this will affect your estate after you pass away.
For the most part, creating a will on Willful covers your assets in any part of the world. However, in some situations real estate/land may governed by local laws when you pass away. Consider speaking with a lawyer in the location of your property to determine if you should create a separate will in the region/country the property is located.
Many individuals also choose to create a secondary will for property in other countries for tax purposes. Wilful does not currently offer secondary wills, since the two wills typically reference each other. If you do want to create a secondary will in another country, you would likely need to visit estate lawyers in both countries to get this taken care of.
It is not necessary to include a list of all your assets in your will. Your will already covers your umbrella estate (everything you own). Most wills do not include a detailed list of assets for two primary reasons:
The only time you need to mention a specific asset in your will is if you're gifting it to someone as a specific gift.
If you wish to include a full detailed list to help your l, you can compile a list of assets separate from your will and store it with your document. This is not a legally-binding document but will serve as a blueprint for your loved ones.
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