FAQs: Wills and Estates

There are three kinds of Wills, each with separate requirements to ensure validity.

  • Holographic Wills are written entirely in the hand of the Testator and signed at the bottom of the Will. Though Holographic Wills were quite common in the past, they are rarely used now.
  • Military Wills are dated and signed at the bottom by the Testator. They need not be written in the hand of the Testator, nor witnessed. The Testator must be an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Non-Holographic Wills are dated and signed at the bottom by the Testator and two witnesses, all of whom must be present and observe the Testator and the other witness sign the Will. Non-Holographic Wills are the most common form of Will.

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