Calgary Legal Wills FAQ

Q: How much does it cost to get a will?

A: Typically I charge $400 plus GST for one person and $700 plus GST for a couple. These fees include preparing a personal directive and an enduring power of attorney. Additional charges may occasionally apply.

Q: If you don’t have a will when you die does the government take whatever you own?

A: No, but this is a common misconception. In Alberta, if you don’t have a will, theĀ Wills and Succession Act determines how your assets are to be divided.

Q: If you are married, do you have a will for each person or just one will for the husband and wife?

A: A will only applies to one person. The husband has his own will, and the wife has her own will. However, both wills are usually very similar.

Q: Is a will drafted in Alberta valid in other countries?

A: In many countries, a will drafted in Alberta would likely be valid. Such countries are probably those that have a legal system similar to the one used in Alberta, which is derived from the English common law legal tradition. I recommend that clients who are planning on living in any country outside of Canada check with a lawyer in that country to determine whether their Alberta wills would be considered valid.

Q: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is it possible to do a virtual witnessing of a will in Alberta?

A: Alberta is temporarily allowing the virtual witnessing (witnessing over video conference) of wills. This is only a temporary measure and requires the involvement of a lawyer. If you would like more information on virtual wills, please connect with me.

Russ Weninger
Weninger Zhang, Lawyers and Notaries Public

Suite 200, 1055 – 20th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T2M 1E7
(403) 456-3977 ext 107