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Alberta Will Kits

Hiring a lawyer to prepare your will is not a legal requirement. You may choose to prepare your own will using one of the available Alberta will kits.

Before you do, you should consider the following:

  • Alberta will kits may contain disclaimers stating that the information is not legal advice and to consult with a lawyer for legal advice. This means that there is no recourse if there is an error in your will that creates complications, and there may be added costs to ensure your wishes are honoured. Your lawyer has professional liability insurance to protect you against errors.
  • A lawyer will make a determination of your mental capacity to execute a will. This may prove invaluable should a family member try to challenge the will on the grounds that you were not mentally competent at the time. If you prepare your will on your own, there is no independent confirmation of your mental state at the time.
  • A will can also be challenged if it was made under duress or undue influence. The inclusion of a lawyer can help, should your will be challenged on these grounds. Your lawyer will try to ensure that any interested parties are not present when the will is signed. On your own, there is no proof that someone didn’t influence your decisions.
  • You will save money using an Alberta will kit, but to do it properly you will likely need to spend some time educating yourself about the various issues involved and the decisions you need to make. Your lawyer will explain any issues, saving you from investing this time.

 

 

Words cannot express how grateful and thankful our family is for the attention and many hours of detailed work that was completed over the past year by J. E. Fletcher Professional Corporation to handle the execution of probate of our parents estate.
 
We are very happy our parents selected John Fletcher to fulfill all the legal requirements to get closure on this part of the estate settlements. Our family is in total agreement that our parents would have been very glad to know their wishes were looked after exactly as they requested and with no difficulties for any of us. It made our lives much easier.
 
Again thank you — we want you to know we appreciated all the support we received from you, John. We would definitely recommend J. E. Fletcher Professional Corporation to others who may require legal assistance and/or representation.

- The Basil and Bettie Bell Family