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Vancouver BC Notary Explains How to Make a Valid BC Will

Brosgall Legal | Notary Services can assist you prepare and sign your Will. This article explains how we can help you make a valid BC Will. A Will can either be done in our office, or using our mobile notary service - at a hospital or nursing home, etc. If you have any questions, or want to book an appointment, please send us an email or call us at 604-685-ADAM [2326]. You can also visit for further information. 

What is a Will?

A Will is a written documet that states what happens to your assets, valuables, and other property after you die.

Why is it Important to have a Will?

Everyone should create a Will so that:

  • Your property is distributed as you wish after you die.
  • You can take care of your family and loved ones.
  • Your Executor can easily make funeral arrangements and handle your estate.
  • If you have children you can name a guardian.

What are the Requirements for a BC Will?

In BC, you need to be 19 years old to make a Will, and be capable of managing your affairs. The Will should be made without intimidation by others. Your Will should be dated, and it should name your executor(s) and beneficiarie(s) - basically, who gets what! The terms of the Will can be quite general, however, you may want to choose to give specific things to certain beneficiaries, such as cars, art work, etc. The Will must be signed before two witnesses, while you are all together.  Each page should be initialed by the witnesses and yourself. The Witnesses must be adults and may not be beneficiaries, or a spouse of a beneficiary.

It is wise to use a lawyer or Notary Public to draft your Will to ensure that it covers all your wishes, and that it is legal and valid in BC. It must meet all the requirements of BC legisltation. Do-it-yourself kits can be 'penny-wise, pound-foolish'.

What to Include in a Will?

A Will should have a trusted Executor (and alternate Executor to be safe) to carry out your last wishes. Make sure these people are willing and able to act. Your Will describes how your estate should be handled and who it should go to (Beneficiaries). A beneficiary can receive part of your estate, or a specific item or sum of money, etc. If you have a minor child, you should appoint a Guardian in your Will.  You may also want to set up a Trust for that minor child to take care of them finanically. A Will can include funeral and burial arrangements as you wish. You can also donate money to a charity.

Mobile Will Services

If you have health and mobility issues, or special needs that make it difficult or impossible to visit our office, Brosgall Legal offers mobile notary services in and around Vancouver, BC.  We pre-prepare your Will with information you provide to us ahead of time, and we help witness the signing at your location when we meet. Everything is trouble-free and efficient. You pick the time and place (your home, office, hotel, nursing home, or hospital, etc.) and we come fully prepared and equipped with our notarial seal and all required stamps. With our mobile notary service, everything is done at your location, and at your convenience.


Brosgall Legal's owner and principal, Adam Brosgall, is an experienced Vancouver Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, and Lawyer. He is fully qualified, licenced, and insured to draft and witness Wills. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email, or call 604-685-ADAM [2326] to book an appointment or mobile visit. Same day service and walk-ins are welcome. Please see our Vancouver Notary home page for our other services, and we look forward to seeing you.