November is Make a Will Month

  • November 01, 2018

Annual Ontario Bar Association awareness campaign focused on education

Everyone needs a properly drafted will. That’s the message members of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) will be promoting in November as they mark MAKE A WILL MONTH with more than 70 free legal information sessions.

MAKE A WILL MONTH is an annual program that supports members and helps inform the public about the need for a properly drafted will. As part of the OBA’s ongoing education initiative, volunteers will be leading a month of public speaking events in communities across Ontario. A social media campaign is also being launched to coincide with the public outreach.

“When it comes to making a will, our members are here to help people make an informed decision about the future of their estate,” said Lynne Vicars, President of the OBA. “Determining how your wishes are expressed is a critical decision that impacts families and loved ones. I’m proud of this program and the ongoing role of the OBA and our volunteers.”

“Wills give people the chance to provide for their loved ones in a way they choose to, and provides people with a better sense of control, even after death,” said Pia Hundal, Chair of the OBA’s Trusts and Estates Law Section. “In today’s world, drafting a will has become very complex, with so many new and complicated factors people need to think about. That’s why the OBA has stepped in to not only give the public the information they need, but also help our members better serve their clients.”

Quick Facts

  • According to a 2018 poll conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, a majority of Canadians don’t have a will.  

  • CIBC reports that of those Canadians between the ages of 45 and 64 who have a will, 44% haven’t updated it in more than five years.

For more information, and a complete list of information sessions, visit http://www.oba.org/makeawill

About the Ontario Bar Association

Established in 1907, the OBA is the largest voluntary legal association in Ontario representing over 16,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The OBA provides continuing professional development and advocates for improvements to the law in the interests of the profession and public.

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