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Can certain people be left out of wills in British Columbia?

Most people believe they should be fair when writing their estate plans. But when a British Columbia testator (one who writes a will) doesn't have children of his or her own and would like to leave assets to nieces and nephews, he or she may feel like those assets should be divided equally among those relatives. However, wills aren't one size fits all and if a testator feels closer to certain nieces and nephews than others and would like that reflected in an estate plan, he or she has every right to do so. 

Wills still need to be hand signed in British Columbia

The 21st century is no doubt the technological age. Many legal documents are actually executed online using an electronic signature. But when it comes to wills, it's not that easy for British Columbia residents. Actually, all Canadians can electronically sign invoices, quotes, proposals, contracts and many other kinds of documents. Wills, however, are another story. 

The need for wills even when accounts have beneficiaries

People who have worked hard all their lives and have several accounts with sizable assets -- like life insurance policies or retirement savings plans -- still need to plan their estates. British Columbia residents who have beneficiaries attached to these assets still need to write wills to streamline the process of disseminating specified assets when the time comes. Assets are frozen upon the death of their owner.

Online wills may be estate planning mistakes in British Columbia

It's important to plan for the inevitable. Estate planning should be a part of every adult British Columbia resident's life, but for many people writing wills is the last thing on their radar. When they do think of it, they might resort to doing it the best way they believe is possible. Some turn to online forms, but they may be sorely misguided.

Badly written wills may leave hard feelings in the family

Planning a well-rounded, legally sound estate goes a long way to keeping the peace in the family. By the same token, estate plans in British Columbia with wills that are poorly written and unclear may cause family angst that need not have happened, especially when there is a lot of stake. The last thing anyone would want to have happen is a family pulled apart because of a will.

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