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Is a will different for people who live on reserve?

Last reviewed in September 2020 by the Clicklaw Editors.

A will is a written document in which you describe what should happen to your property after you die. It must follow certain rules to be considered valid (legal). If you are registered under the Indian Act and you live on reserve, the process for creating and administering a will is guided by the Indian Act.

Good starting points include:

Need more help?

  • Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC), from UBC's Peter A. Allard School of Law, provides assistance with will creation and will search to eligible clients who cannot afford a lawyer and who self-identify as Indigenous persons.
  • Lawyer Referral Service, from Access Pro Bono, offers a free initial consultation with a lawyer for up to 30 minutes.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

See our related common questions:

living on reserve, Aboriginal rights, settling the estate of a registered Indian, status Indian, making a will, Indigenous peoples