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Is There a Will Registry in Alberta?


Is There a Will Registry in Alberta?

We are often asked if there is a central government registry in Alberta where someone could search to determine whether a will has been created. The simple answer is: No.

There have been various attempts by different groups over the years to create a Wills Registry or other similar service. For example, the registry agents created a Virtual Vault over ten years ago in an attempt to provide a place to electronically store estate documents. That service has now been discontinued.

The bottom line is this: when you make a Will, it is your responsibility to let those who would be affected know that you have created a Will and where you plan to store the original. We suggest that, at a minimum, you inform your Personal Representative (Executor). If you know that you are named as a Personal Representative or beneficiary in someone else’s Will, make sure you ask them where they have stored the original.

Of course, the first and foremost priority is to ensure that you and your loved ones actually have a Will. At the very least, ask the questions so that you know with certainty whether or not a Will has been created. If the answer is no, then you can at least save a considerable amount of time and effort that would otherwise be spent looking for a Will that does not exist.

Of course, we highly recommend that everyone prepare and complete a Will. For more information, please visit the Wills section of our website. While you are there you can also read about Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Care Directives, then contact us to book an appointment to complete your Will and any other estate documents. In most cases, we can meet with you, prepare the documents, and sign your Will all in one meeting. We can be reached at 780-483-6111, or email our wills and estates assistant, Lisa, directly at lisa@galbraith.ab.ca for more information.

Of course, the first and foremost priority is to ensure that you and your loved ones actually have a Will. At the least, ask the questions so you know with certainty whether a Will has been created. If the answer is no, then you can at least save a considerable amount of time and effort that would otherwise be spent looking for a Will that does not exist.

Of course, we highly recommend that everyone prepare and complete a Will. For more information about Wills, please visit the Wills section of our website. While you are there please read about Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Care Directives, then please contact us to book an appointment to complete your Will and any other estate documents. In most cases, we can meet with you, prepare the documents, and sign your Will all in one meeting. We can be reached at 780-483-6111, or email our wills and estates assistant, Lisa, directly at lisa@galbraith.ab.ca for more information.