British Columbia allows electronic wills – A glimpse into Ontario’s future?

April 30, 2022 | Stephen Hsia

Ontario Bar Association Estates and Trusts Law Newsletter

Stephen Hsia writes an article on the promise and potential pitfalls of electronic wills:

On December 1, 2021, British Columbia became the first province to allow electronic wills – fully digital wills.

This development is welcome news for many Ontarians with assets in BC. These Ontarians can now make BC-specific wills fully electronically.

While Ontario law currently does not permit electronic wills, BC’s new rules might also be of interest to many Ontario lawyers and law reform advocates who can now look west of the Rockies for inspiration for their own made-in-Ontario law. Could BC’s new electronic wills regime be a glimpse into Ontario’s future?

Read the full article.