Writing a Will.
My daughters are my reason to have one.
It is one of the most difficult things to think of, after all, who wants to think about their passing. Realistically speaking, it is something that is necessary to do. Regardless of how unpleasant it may be. As soon as I became a mother, an immense desire to protect and tend to my children’s present and future burned strongly through my veins.
A true mother lion protective of her cubs.
In some ways, you can say that I am a realist but, I have a tendency to worry or more so contemplate what the future holds. To plan ahead in case of or if this or that were to happen. Once you are a mother, it isn’t all about you anymore and I knew immediately that I wanted to have things in order in case anything happened to me. I wrote a will over 10 years-ago for this purpose and when I was approached by FormalWill.ca to see if I wanted to sample their services, I was intrigued.
FormalWill.ca is Canada’s leader in online Legal Wills and is operated by FormalWill Inc. – a federally incorporated Canadian corporation. FormalWill.ca was founded by a Canadian lawyer as a create-your-own Legal Will site that caters to those wishing to create an inexpensive legally binding Canadian Will in minutes from the comfort of their own home or office. Our Legal Wills are custom tailored to each province and territory in Canada and we have served thousands of satisfied customers across Canada. You can try us out by registering (it’s easy, it takes seconds and all you need is an email address). Creating a Legal Will is an
- Absolute necessity if you:
- are married
- have minor children
- are elderly
- would like to ensure that your assets are left to the right beneficiaries (heirs)
The process of updating my current will was simple and easy. It only required a few screens and it was easy entry. It explains items in detail and gives examples if you are not sure what to input. It takes you through the different screens and you can always go back if you need to adjust something. Before you submit, you can review it all and go back to make changes if you need to.
It goes through appointing an Executor, Guardian of minors, property, gifts and even charitable donations. It gives you options to appoint additional guardians or executors if the ones you appointed are deceased or unavailable. Once you submit your information, your will and instructions on how to sign the document according to your province are emailed to you. It was instant and in seconds, I had my last will and testament in my inbox and ready to print off.
The only thing that I will point out is that I had to make corrections on the actual physical will because the name component was not long enough to contain my entire name. Due to my heritage and through marriage, I have a ridiculously long legal name and it was cut out. But, I was able to add the information manually and sign off to the edits.
I know that sometimes thinking about getting our end of life plans in order isn’t something pleasant but, it’s absolutely necessary to do. Having a last will and testament can save your surviving family a lot of hassle and you can rest assured that your final wishes will be executed. It’s a peace of mind to have throughout your long and fulfilled life. Once you have it, you can make changes over the years but, it’s there if you need it.
FormalWill.ca offers pet wills, living wills and power of attorney or Personal Care, Health Care Directive, Personal Directive, Mandate in Case of Incapacity. Makes sure you head over to FormalWill.ca for more information and to get started on yours. The fee for the will is $69.00.
For me, knowing that my daughters and husband will be taken care of and the things I leave behind will get into the right hands is an immense peace of mind. It also means I’ll be that mama lion one last time after my passing.
Do you have a last will and testament?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.