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Legal Information for Indigenous People

S.H.E.D. Society of Bella Coola

This booklet provides basic & accessible legal information for Indigenous people facing legal issues, incl. the justice systems, children & families, rights & protections, death & taxes, income security, and class actions. It explains how the laws can vary for people based on their Indigeneity.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Challenging a Will

People’s Law School

Practical information on your options for challenging a will. Topics include what’s involved in challenging a spouse’s or parent’s will based on fairness, and challenging the validity of a will.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Preparing Your Will

People’s Law School

Explains why you should consider a will. It provides a step-by-step guide about how to prepare a will, including registering it. It also covers what to consider when appointing an executor, and next steps after the will is finished, including how to change or cancel a will.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Preparing a Will and Estate Planning

People’s Law School

Explains that preparing a will is a key step in planning for what happens when you pass away. Learn the essentials of preparing a will (including what your will doesn’t deal with, and what may happen if you don’t prepare a will) and tips for creating an estate plan. Find answers to some common questions.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Future Planning Tool (for people with disabilities)

Plan Institute

The Future Planning Tool is intended to promote long-term well-being for Canadians with disabilities by helping them and their families to accomplish their future planning goals, including financial planning, housing, relationships, and more.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning (BC) Webinar

Plan Institute

A webinar to help you learn how to arrange your estate and prepare a will, and the various ins and outs of setting up a trust specifically for your loved one with a disability. It covers the different types of trusts available, and how to arrange your will so it doesn’t affect disability benefits.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Wills Registry

Vital Statistics Agency (Government of BC)

A “wills notice” identifies that a will has been registered and describes the person who made the will, where it’s located, and the date of the will. This website explains how to file one, how to search for one, and when to request one.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Wills and Estates

Government of British Columbia

Explains wills, and the executor or administrator responsibilities. This page includes what to do if there was no will or executor, and how the estate can be distributed. Sub pages explain probating a will, and in Make a Will Week there are links to help you write a will.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Preparing a Will & Estate Planning

People’s Law School

Practical, step-by-step guides on wills and estates. Learn about several topics including how to prepare a will, choose an executor, change or cancel a will, and probate a will.

Last reviewed March 2024