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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Legal Considerations
Wills
Facts & Definitions

It is never comfortable to contemplate your own mortality, especially at a time when you or a family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Deciding whether or not to make a will when you are undergoing treatment is a personal decision. While we hope for the best possible outcome from your treatment, we also encourage you to be prepared for any eventuality. 

Facts About Wills

The purpose of writing a will is to pass on your possessions to the people you care about, and provide care for any minor children involved according to your wishes with as few problems as possible.

By having a will, you can make sure that the things you own go to the people you want to have them. A will can be useful for people who outlive you. They can then feel sure that they are carrying out your wishes.

If you should die without a will, it is usually a lot more complicated, time-intensive, and expensive to settle your estate. What this essentially means is that your loved ones will receive less.

Wills can either be done by an attorney or a notary, or on your own with a will kit, provided you do not have a complex estate. If you would like a copy of a will kit, please ask the BMT social workers.

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Important Definitions

  • Assets:  Money, property, possessions, a business – everything you own
  • Estate:  Everything you own at your death
  • Beneficiary: A person or organization you leave something to in your will
  • Codicil:  A document made after the will that changes some things in your will
  • Executor:  The person you appoint to carry out the instructions in your will
  • Probate:  The procedure that says financial institutions and other organizations may rely on the will as being the last will you made.

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