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What is a will?

A will is a written document that outlines how the deceased wanted his or her assets distributed after death.

In Ontario there are very strict rules regarding the formalities of execution including how the will should be signed, the number of witnesses required, and who may not be witnesses.

The Holograph Will is an exception to the general rule regarding strict compliance with these formalities of execution. The Holograph Will is a document wholly in the testator’s own handwriting that is signed by the testator.

For more particulars about the formalities of execution for a standard testamentary document and a description of a Holograph Will I refer you Ontario’s Succession Law Reform Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.26.

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