Justice, BC Gov
The new year is a time to make resolutions about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead and making a will – or revising a will – should be at the top of your list.
There is no better time to plan how you want to provide for your family, as well as the charities and organizations you care about.
Making a will puts you in charge of how your children are provided for, who will inherit prized family possessions and who will curate (or close down) your social media accounts.
If you die without a will, your estate will be divided according to legislation and may not be distributed in the way you would have wished. Decisions will be made by someone appointed by the court, rather than someone you choose and who knows you. Your voice will be missing at a time when it is needed.
So start 2017 off on the right foot: Make a will to share your social media account information with someone you trust. This can be a spouse, relative or friend, a notary or a lawyer – whomever you’d trust with the passwords to your social media accounts. And be sure to decide what you want to happen to these accounts in the event you are no longer able to access them.
- Notary in Sooke: Cheryl A. Vavra
- Notary in Sooke: Shawna Farmer
- When you die, what happens to your Facebook and social accounts?
- Wills Resource (Courthouse Libraries BC)
- Wills and Estate Planning (Government of British Columbia)
- About Wills and Estates (Court Services Branch – Ministry of Justice)
- Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia
- Make-a-Will Week Activities (Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch)
- BC Notaries
- Estate Planning Councils (Victoria)
- Leave a Legacy (Victoria)
- Access Pro Bono Wills Clinic
- Wills and Estates (People’s Law School)
- Wills Registry (Vital Statistics Agency – Ministry of Health)
- Self-Counsel Press