Wills and estate
A properly prepared estate plan,
including a will, allows you to direct
where your property will go after
A will is a legal document that details
how to distribute your property after
your death. It also allows you to name
your personal representative, who will
represent your estate after your death
and carry out the wishes you have
stated in your will. A will also allows
you to name a guardian for any
children who are minors at the time
of your death.
An estate plan, including a will, can
save a great deal of time, expense and
stress for your family and loved ones
during a time of grief.
A will that is out of date could create
more problems than it solves.
It is a good idea to review your will with
your lawyer on a regular basis to make
sure it does what you want it to do.
Source: Alberta Justice and Solicitor
General website (search for “planning
ahead for your will” at justice.alberta.ca).
For more information, visit the For
of Alberta at lawsociety.ab.ca.
Are you still unsure about opening up the conversation on these matters? Seniors, families
and caregivers can find help from the Alberta Caregivers Association.
“We provide information and referrals on a one-to-one basis, have information sessions and
support programs to help caregivers manage their care role and stay healthy,” Mann says.
“We also connect families to organizations and individuals who can help with planning.”
Focus on maintaining independence for as long as possible. As a family member, you can try
adopting a “how can I help you?” mindset. Approaching and having difficult conversations
with tact, patience and persistence can help you find the words to say.
No matter what issue you talk over, scheduling time and
being sensitive are among the many things that can help
“It is important to be sensitive when
having these conversations; there can
be a lot of grief and fear wrapped up
in the topics. I think it’s important
to come from a place of empathy.
You want this discussion to be about
hopes and goals for the future.”
Robertson says keeping quiet can
create hostility. “Family conflict may
result if there is no clear expression of
wishes in an advance care planning
conversation or document.”