Video Conference Personal Wills

Adopt the modernized smart and simple way to draft your Will. Axess Law’s Wills and Estate lawyers meet with you via secure video conferences anywhere in Ontario to draft a quick, inexpensive, and easy legal Will.

Drafting Virtual Personal Wills

Consult with a Wills and Estate lawyer from the comfort of your own home. Virtual meetings with Axess Law are the inexpensive, modern method of drafting Wills. You don’t need to take time off work, and can book an appointment in the evenings or over the weekend. Our Wills appointments last 60 minutes and end with a prepared Will ready for you to sign.

Virtual Wills start with booking an appointment using our online booking form or by calling an Axess Law office nearby.

On the day of their appointment, click on the video call link shared with you prior to the appointment and show your ID to our lawyer. Our Wills law professionals use virtual ID scanning to verify clients’ photo ID over remote video calls. You meet with our lawyers using real time, secure audio-video teleconferencing software.

How It Works

01

Book Your Appointment

Click on ‘Get Started’ button to submit a request to meet with the Lawyer. Our customer care team will reach out to you within minutes to book your appointment. 

02

Submit Your Documents

On the day of your appointment, our lawyer will verify your identification and walk you through the intake process where they confirm your contact information.

03

Draft Your Will With A Lawyer

Our lawyer will ask you a series of questions regarding your executor, beneficiaries, and make a note of your wishes before drafting a Will accordingly.

04

Execute Your Will With A Lawyer

Our lawyer will cross-check each page of the Will with you and if you are happy with the draft, the Will is signed and executed by the lawyer on the same day.

Documents we need

If you decide to draft a personal Will, bring the following to your online video call appointment with an Axess Law Ontario Wills lawyer:

  • Statements of all your personal assets such as stocks, investments, or real estate deeds
  • Records of existing debts such as car loans, mortgage, or student loans
    Government photo ID, such as a driver’s licence, passport or permanent resident card
    And, your contact
  • information.

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Storing Your Will In Perpetuity

Axess Will can store your final Will for a one-time payment of $29.99 plus HST per Will. Or you can date, sign and make copies to leave with spouses, partners, trusted next-of-kin or friend and your estate trustee.

Alternatively, we recommend storing the original in a safety deposit box for safe keeping and giving the location and key to your estate trustee. Depending on their size, safety deposit boxes cost between $50 and $400 a year.

For extra security, Wills can also be filed with an Ontario court for a one-time fee of $20.

Who Can Be a Guardian?

Any adult over 18 with the person’s interests at heart can make a guardianship application. Although trust companies can be appointed, usually a guardian is a loved one or friend who is trustworthy, has a close relationship with them and can manage finances responsibly. Courts or the OPGT hear from spouses, relatives or friends and the person can speak on their own behalf or have a lawyer do so. If you are unsure you are doing the right thing, you can ask for someone to be assessed, provided they don’t have a POA and don’t object. If you decide after the fact that you prefer not to be guardian, you can resign.

Your Legal Obligations as Guardian

As guardian, you are expected to act in the person’s best interests and give them the best quality of life possible. It’s your legal obligation to:

Separate your own and the person’s finances to prevent intermingling assets

Pay legitimate bills, debts and legal obligations they can afford

Collect income and benefits, such as pensions and GST refunds

File and pay taxes

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Convenient Appointments

Axess Law gives you the choice of booking an online or in-person appointment. Our lawyers are available 7 days a week, at times convenient for you. We can meet in person, by phone, email, or via a remote video call. In addition to these, there are 5 Axess Law offices located across the Greater Toronto Area – all with onsite parking or easily accessible by public transit.

Some FAQs

A virtual Wills appointment with Axess Law takes roughly 60 minutes and ends with you having a personal Will ready to be signed.
Yes, at Axess Law we use smart technology to save our clients hundreds of dollars. On average, our clients save +$600 compared to average legal fees.

Axess Law shows you how to create single or multiple personal Wills to keep your assets and family safe.

1. List Assets for Your Will
Make a list of financial assets – bank accounts, mutual funds, stocks, bonds, GICs.
Add real estate – your matrimonial home, cottage, condo or waterfront lot.
Include electronics – TVs, computers, mobile devices, appliances, power tools or yard equipment.
Inventory collectibles – antiques, art, rare books or heirloom jewelry.
Decide what clothes or jewelery to bequeath to others.
Catalogue items to donate or dispose of.
Itemize benefits loved ones will receive when you die – life insurance, disability or health insurance, auto accident insurance, survivor’s pensions. Remember to list organizations you belong to in case they offer life insurance or disability benefits.
Record passwords for social media accounts and leave instructions to allow your next-of-kin to access them.

2. Organize Your Debts
Your estate trustee will notify creditors and pay debts after you die. We encourage you to record mortgage loans and home equity lines of credit, vehicle loans, credit cards, lines of credit and promissory notes. Asking Equifax for a free credit report can capture anything you overlooked.

3. Make a Contact List
Who will your estate trustee contact when you die? Include your bank branch, investment brokers, insurance representatives, former employers, Canada Pension Plan, condo strata manager and anyone who holds or manages assets for you.

4. Name Benefactors and Charities
Inform your executor of benefactors and charities you would like possessions or estate gifts to go to. Your estate trustee will use this contact information to distribute your estate according to your wishes.

5. Write Multiple Wills for Complex Estates
Complex estates require careful planning. Making multiple Wills separates personal and business assets. Axess Law’s Wills professionals ensure your Ontario Will is legally valid, reducing the chances it will be successfully challenged in court after you’re gone.

At Axess Law, we make individual Wills for married or common law couples. Having separate Wills gives you and your spouse more flexibility. You can make joint appointments to update a personal Will or, if you are new to Axess Law, have us make changes without your spouse’s involvement. A reminder that comingling assets with spouses or common law partners through joint bank accounts or co-signed mortgage loans makes it difficult to divide property if you separate or divorce. You may have to prove you are the sole owner of a gift your family meant only for you or calculate appreciation on assets you owned before you became a couple.
When you appoint an estate trustee, they handle arrangements like applying for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) $2,500 death benefit that relieve the burden on loved ones. Your dependants may qualify for survivor’s benefits from CPP for married spouses or common law partners and minors up to 18 (25 for full-time students). Low-income spouses or partners 60 to 64 can apply for the Old Age Security survivor allowance. Your estate trustee can advise your dependents on how to apply or apply on their behalf. Your Will must provide for spouses and minor or dependant children and parents after you die. Anyone you supported or had a legal obligation to support immediately before your death can petition your estate or the court for financial support if they are left out. Our estate planning attorneys can counsel you on how to structure Wills to meet mandatory support obligations.
Your estate may qualify for government assistance with basic funeral expenses or other benefits and waiver of estate administration taxes. Unless you have a Will, your next-of-kin may have to appear in court to claim benefits that are rightfully theirs. Worse yet, without a Will, government legislation will determine how your assets are distributed. You may not agree with their decisions, but your next-of-kin will have no choice but to accept it. If you have no surviving relatives at all, government may take your estate, robbing you of the chance to leave it to favourite charities.
Your estate trustee must distribute your Will exactly as written in your original Will or any amendments you made to a last Will and testament. Only a court order can overturn your final instructions. You can rest easy knowing most judges are reluctant to overturn personal Wills without substantial evidence a Will is fraudulent or you lacked the mental capacity to understand it.

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