Making a will

A will is a legal document that gives you control over what happens to the things you own or to your estate after you die.

A will allows you to name the person who will be responsible to settle your affairs and make sure any directions you have set out in your will are completed; this person is referred to as the executor.

The NL Wills Act sets out the requirements for creating a legally valid will.

In order for your will to be valid:

  • You must be 17 years of age or older and have mental capacity.
  • The will must be in writing and include your signature, and be witnessed by two (2) independent witnesses.
  • If you die without a will (intestate), your estate will be divided amongst your relatives according to the NL Intestate Succession Act.
    • This may mean that your possessions may not go to those you intended and can also result in increased legal and other fees for your estate.

For further information on wills, please see the resources on this page and/or speak with a lawyer.

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Last updated: 2022-12-14