Do you have a will?
If not, you aren’t alone. Nearly half of British Columbians don’t have a will, and the province is leading a push to try and up the numbers.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says make-a-will week, which kicks off tomorrow, is about helping people tackle an otherwise uncomfortable subject.
“If you die you don’t want your relatives to be scrambling, you don’t want people to be arguing about what happens to your estate you want to be the one in control and the way to do that is to have a will.”
She says the issue isn’t necessarily about wealth or inheritance, but rather one of planning ahead to avoid complications after people pass away.
“People often don’t think they need one because they think they don’t have much, so a will is for everyone, whether you have a little or whether you have a large estate.”
And she says sometimes it doesn’t have anything to do with money at all.
“If you’re a parent and your children are still relatively young, you want to decide who should look after them should both their parents die.”
Anton says people can leave things to those they love, but also to charities and other organizations.