Today, OBA President Quinn Ross spoke with CBC’s Gill Deacon of Here and Now about November’s Make A Will Month and the importance of having a will.
The following are some highlights from today’s interview:
“When you’re alive, I think all of us would like our stuff to go where we intend it to go, and in the absence of a will that’s certainly not guaranteed…you’ve left people behind who you care about with a great deal of uncertainty and it’s easily avoided.”
“Without a conversation about a will, without getting into your own personal circumstances, you won’t really know what pitfalls potentially face you and what easy solutions might be available.”
“No one really wants to go into a mahogany-lined office and talk about their death and dying with someone that they aren’t comfortable with. And these outreach initiatives are allowing people to see members of the community, because these are lawyers who live and carry on their own lives in the communities they’re serving, as human beings simply wanting to give effect to people’s wishes, demystify concerns about wills and make it a bit more accessible.”
To date, there have been 17 free public legal information sessions, across the city of Toronto Rexdale to Eringate-Centennial-West Deane to Scarborough to Malvern.
There are still 21 sessions to come before the end of the month, with two at the SEAS centre that will have translators for Chinese and Vietnamese audience members.
Make A Will Month sessions are taking place tonight at the Toronto Reference, Taylor Memorial, Dufferin, Bayview and Humber Bay Toronto Public Library branches.
Find an upcoming session in your area and more information on the Make a Will Month website here.