Epilogue’s Online Wills Now Available in PEI
Epilogue continues to expand to the east coast of Canada, with Prince Edward Island up next! With access to justice for Canadians at the forefront of our mission, we’re thrilled to be one of the only online estate planning platforms available to Prince Edward Islanders. PEI marks the seventh province to gain access to Epilogue’s simple, smart, affordable estate planning solution.
Now, anyone from PEI who needs a basic Will can create one in as little as 20 minutes from the comfort of their own home. Here’s how it works:
- Visit https://epiloguewills.com and click “Get Started”
- Complete the questionnaire
- Generate your documents
- Print and sign them according to the detailed signing instructions provided
Four easy steps to get peace of mind knowing you’ve protected your loved ones!
But wait, there’s more…
A Will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directive can help protect a person’s physical assets and appoint someone to make financial and health care decisions if they can’t make them for themselves. But Epilogue’s Social Media Will, lets you protect your social media accounts too – and it’s something you can do for free!
Frequently asked questions
Estate planning can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. If you don’t see your questions answered here, feel free to contact us anytime!
What happens if I die without a Will in Prince Edward Island?
When someone dies without a Will, it’s called dying “intestate.” When someone dies intestate, they don’t get a say in important decisions like how their assets get distributed, who gets to be in charge of the process, and who will take care of any minor children.
The rules about how assets are distributed depending on the person’s family situation. Here are some of the rules that apply to someone who dies without a Will in PEI:
- A spouse and no children: The spouse gets everything.
- A spouse and one child: One-half of the estate goes to the surviving spouse, and the other half goes to the child.
- A spouse and more than one child: One-third of the estate goes to the surviving spouse, and the remaining two-thirds is split equally between the children.
- Children but no surviving spouse: Everything is split equally between children. If a child is not alive but has kids of their own who are alive (grandchildren of the person who died intestate), the deceased child’s portion is shared equally among them.
- No living spouse or children: Everything goes to the deceased’s parents (or surviving parent, if there is only one). If the parents aren’t alive, everything gets split between the deceased’s siblings (or the descendants of a sibling who is not alive.)
Do I need a lawyer to make my Will in Prince Edward Island?
A lawyer is not needed to make a legally binding Last Will and Testament in PEI. In most cases, as long as the testator (person making the Will) is at least 18 and is “of sound mind”, they can make a legal Will.
There are many situations where someone should get in touch with a lawyer to make their Will, including:
- If they want to exclude a spouse, child, or another dependant from their Will;
- If they want to distribute their assets unequally among their children;
- If they are in a second marriage/common-law relationship but have children from a prior relationship;
- If there is a family member who is receiving government disability benefits;
- If they own real estate outside the province that cannot be dealt with under a Prince Edward Island Will; or
- If they want to engage in sophisticated tax planning.
How can I appoint a guardian for my children?
Parents are usually the legal guardians of their own children. In most cases, if one of them passes away before the other, the surviving parent would usually continue to be the legal guardian of any minor children.
A parent (or other legal guardian of minor children) can name someone in their Will to take over that role if they are the last surviving guardian of the children. If the last surviving guardian passes away (or if both guardians die simultaneously), the person named in Will would assume the responsibilities of guardianship.
What is a Power of Attorney?
Someone’s Will only takes effect once they are no longer alive. However, there are many cases where someone is alive but can no longer make decisions for themselves. This can happen as a result of an accident or due to general cognitive decline that can occur with ageing. This is where a Power of Attorney (POA) becomes important.
Someone makes a POA while they are still mentally capable. It allows them to name the person who would be authorized to manage their financial affairs (e.g. paying bills, managing investments, selling property) in the event that they are alive but have lost the capacity to manage these things for themselves.
The person appointed to make decisions is called the “attorney” (even though they don’t actually have to be a lawyer). They must be at least 18 years old and mentally competent.
What is a Health Care Directive?
A Health Care Directive is a legal document that lets someone appoint an individual to make decisions about their health care, medical treatment, and end-of-life care if they are not capable of making those decisions for themselves. In other provinces, this document may be referred to as a Power of Attorney for Personal Care or a Personal Directive. It is also commonly known as a Living Will.
What is a Social Media Will?
Since so much of our personal and professional information is now online, it’s important to let your loved ones know how you’d like your online profiles dealt with once you’re no longer here. Now, you can do that with Epilogue’s Social Media Will.
Epilogue’s Social Media Will guides you through a step-by-step process that lets you decide and document how you’d like your social media platforms, and Google accounts dealt with.