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Preparing a will


What the client may say:
  • "I don’t know if I need a will."
  • "I can’t afford a lawyer, so I wrote a will by myself. I want to be sure it will be followed when I die."
  • "I wrote my will a long time ago and I’m not sure where it is or if it’s still valid."
  • "After I die, I want my common-law partner and children to get everything."
  • "After I die, I want everything donated to charities of my choice."

Legal Services

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)

Works as a resource to Ottawa’s community legal clinics to provide legal services to seniors.

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)

Provides free legal services to people in Ontario who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.


Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate. In order to use JusticeNet, individuals must make a net family income that is no higher than $59,000 per year.

Law Help Ontario - Pro Bono Law

Wills Assistance Service at Ottawa Courthouse is available to seniors, those who are terminally ill, and single parents; income must be lower than $25,000 and assets of less than $75,000. Hours: Mon-Fri 09:30-16:00.

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social representation is provided. Provides lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.