TORONTO – During MAKE A WILL MONTH this November, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) will partner with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to help Ontarians preserve their wishes and safeguard their loved ones by making a will.
The organizations are collaborating to create and publicize helpful information about end-of-life planning. They will highlight the many critical reasons to make a will, dispel common myths about will-making and provide resources to help people get started. Toolkits and other resources developed by the partnering organizations will assist people in taking the first steps: determining their goals for end-of-life planning, collecting the relevant information, and preparing for estate-planning meetings with their lawyers.
“A recent LAWPRO survey has shown that less than half of Canadians have a valid will. The OBA has an obligation to improve the public’s awareness of this important legal tool and to help people overcome the intimidation they may feel in starting the planning process,” said OBA President Orlando Da Silva. “We are proud to partner with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to accomplish these goals.”
“Many are unaware of just how affordable making a will can be or of the emotional and financial cost to families that can result from the failure to make one,” said Vince De Angelis, chair of the OBA’s Trusts and Estates Section. “Getting the right legal advice to plan your estate and make a sound will helps avoid unnecessary expenses, delays in providing funds to your loved ones and family infighting.”
“Dementia will affect the ability of a person to make their own decisions. The Alzheimer Society really wants to remind everyone how important it is that a will be prepared long before anything happens,” said Gale Carey, chief executive officer of The Alzheimer Society of Ontario. “We have developed tools that take the intimidation out of taking the first steps toward estate planning. Our partnership with the OBA will highlight the next step: connecting people with the legal advice they need to ensure their plans are respected.”
MAKE A WILL MONTH, which follows on the success of Make A Power of Attorney (POA) Month last April, will be launched at the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases on October 30th.
For more information and online resources, go to: OBA.org/makeawill
About the Alzheimer Society of Ontario
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario and its network of local societies across the province offer Help for Today through programs and services for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and Hope for Tomorrow… by funding research to find the cause and the cure. www.alzheimerontario.ca
About the OBA
The Ontario Bar Association is a branch of the Canadian Bar Association, representing more than 16,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students across Ontario. The OBA provides continuing professional development, undertakes public legal education and advocates for improvements to the law in the interests of the profession and the public.
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