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Ontario Bar Association offers reasons to make a will

As the old saying goes, the only certain things in life are death and taxes and a group wants to you to make decisions now about your estate before you go.

November is Make a Will Month

As the old saying goes, the only certain things in life are death and taxes and a group wants to you to make decisions now about your estate before you go.

The Ontario Bar Association has kicked off its annual awareness campaign about wills, called Make a Will Month.

Lynne Vicars, president of the association, says more than half of Canadian adults don't have a will in place.

"We spend our whole lives building up assets and we should really protect them with a will that's been properly drafted and reviewed by a lawyer," she said.

"If you don't have a will in place, your assets and the decisions about your estate will be made according to rules of intestate. That might not be what you've intended."

According to an Angus Reid survey from earlier this year, half of Canadians don't have a last will and testament in place. So the Ontario Bar Association is promoting November as "Make a Will Month". Lawyers are holding free legal information sessions across the province to help people learn about making a will before they die. Two sessions will take place in northern Ontario: in Thunder Bay tomorrow, and in Timmins on November 26. Lynne Vicars is the president of the Ontario Bar Association. Up North host Waubgeshig Rice reached her earlier to ask why it's so important for people to have a will. 5:10

The association is holding information events across the province for the public to not only get information on wills but on powers of attorney as well. She says a power of attorney allows the people you love and trust to make decisions about your health and finances when you're not able to.

"That's another document that's extremely important to have and even less Canadians have a power of attorney," she said.

"It's estimated that less than a third of Canadians have a power of attorney."

An information session is scheduled in Timmins later this month on Monday, Nov. 26 at the public library. People can also get information online on the Ontario Bar Association's website.

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