Wills Prices


Will & POAs Protector Package

$995 per couple*

$795 individual*

Service

  • Peace of mind to know your family is protected
  • Fast response time to all communications
  • Exclusive wills & estates expertise
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney written with clean typography and in plain English (as much as possible).
  • 1-hour video estate planning meeting to plan for different scenarios and answer all your questions
  • Unlimited meeting time, phone calls, emails, etc. (flat fees only, no ticking clocks)
  • Detailed Document Guide sent with drafts that explains key provisions, legal terms and common questions
  • Video or in-person signing of final documents (witness provided by me)

Document Features

  • Decide who gets what - leave gifts to relatives, friends or charities
  • Appoint a guardian for minor kids
  • Minors' Trust - Set ages for when kids receive any inheritance (e.g. 25, 30 or stages) and how funds can be used before then
  • Appoint the person who will carry out your wishes (executor)
  • Ensure sentimental personal effects are kept in the family
  • Appoint people to make financial and health care decisions for you if you become incapable (Power of Attorney)
  • Advanced Directive - express your wishes if you are on life support
  • Review beneficiary designations to ensure everything works together as one plan
  • Affidavit of Execution from the witness (for in-person signings only)

*HST is extra and all wills prices are based on virtual meetings or at my office. House calls may incur extra fees. I can only work with one side of a blended family if there are children from prior relationships.

Complex Planning Add-Ons

$150*

  • Appoint a Trust Company to act as your executor
  • Create a separate children's trust for life insurance or RRSP/TFSA proceeds to control distribution ages and save probate tax
  • Direct a specific parcel of real estate to a named beneficiary

$300*

  • Henson Trust (absolute discretionary trust) for disabled beneficiary to protect their ODSP benefits
  • Spousal Trust – give a gift to a spouse for their lifetime only but control where it goes on their passing
  • Inheritance Trust – protect a beneficiary’s inheritance from divorce, creditors, or poor money management
  • Real Estate Trust – hold property in trust for a set amount of time or someone's lifetime
  • Other specialized trusts

$500 to $700*: Secondary Wills

  • Corporate Will for incorporated business owners (or partnerships) to save probate tax
  • Secondary Will to protect certain eligible real estate (if owned a long time) from probate tax
  • Secondary Will and trust acknowledgment/deed of gift to save probate tax on joint assets with adult children

$800*

  • Urgent service (e.g. less than 2 weeks)
  • Exclude a natural beneficiary who would expect to inherit from you resulting in a high likelihood of a will challenge (but I will usually not draft these kind of Wills at all)

*HST is extra. Add-on pricing is per selection. Please ask me if you have any questions!

How do you come up with your wills prices?


I charge prices for wills that I believe are fair to you and me and I believe my prices for wills offer tremendous value to clients.

I spend more time than most lawyers with my clients and walk you through the process start-to-finish. My goal is to help come up with an estate plan that fits your life.

I don't ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire in advance asking you what you want. I go through all the questions with you providing context and advice along the way.

To me, that's what you're really paying for - the advice of an experienced wills lawyer!

After all, if you don't do this all the time, you might not know what you don't know and end up missing a key piece. 

And I'm not a general practitioner - I exclusively practice in wills and estates. I've drafted a lot of Wills and whatever questions you might have, I've probably seen it before. 

I've also helped a lot of clients adminsiter estates and been an executor for many estates myself. That means I can give you practical advice on the kind of plans that look great on paper but work out really poorly in real life.

I know my wills prices aren't the right fit for everybody, but, as with most things in this world, you get what you pay for.

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Why are Wills prices so variable?


If you're shopping around you may have noticed that prices for wills can vary wildly.

A downtown law firm with a fancy office might charge $5,000-$10,000. Or you can get a cheap DIY fill-in-the-blank will for $25. Or a general practitioner might prepare a will for you with no actual planning meeting or advice (questionniare only) for a few hundred dollars.

Every lawyer has a different business model and a different sense of their value and so a different price for wills.

I like to think I offer a middle-of-the-road approach to my will prices. Not too expensive, but not too cheap that I can't spend the time with my clients that I need to in order to deliver a lot of value and make sure they got a comprehensive estate plan.

I'm a frugal lawyer - I hate high overhead and work hard to make sure I don't have a lot of fixed expenses that I need to pass on to clients.

While it might be nice to have a fancy office, an assistant and a clerk, that would mean I would need to start charging clients a lot higher prices for wills. Those benefit me; not you. And that's not fair.

The last thing I want is for someone to finish the process with me and think, "that wasn't worth it."

How do I book?


Use the form below to get started.

Then we'll schedule a time for a quick 5-10min. intro phone call so I can get some background on your circumstances, explain my process and make sure we're on the same page and finalize your pricing for wills.