Wills Act modernization

How do I participate?

An online survey has been created to get feedback on the modernization of the Wills Act. It is open from November 7 to December 23, 2019.

If you prefer not to participate online, a hardcopy of the survey is also available. You can download and print a copy at home or request one be mailed to you by: email willsact@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-3206.

What is this engagement about?

The Government of Yukon is seeking direction on how Yukon’s Wills Act should be updated. The Wills Act has not been amended since it came into force in 1954. A review of the Act revealed that there are some provisions that should be updated to reflect the needs of modern society and to keep pace with changes to legislation in other Canadian jurisdictions.

Based on the review we are considering the following amendments:

  • revise the formal requirements of wills to align with legislation in other Canadian jurisdictions;
  • add provisions related to common law spouses, divorce, and separation;
  • enable courts to correct errors and save failed gifts when there is sufficient evidence that doing so would follow the testator’s intentions;
  • continue to accept holograph (handwritten) wills; and
  • enable a registry of wills to be created.

How will my input make a difference?

Your input will help to determine whether and how these changes should be implemented, and will be used to determine the best choice among the options being considered.     

Where can I find results?

At the conclusion of this public engagement we will share what we learned in a ‘What We Heard’ report in late January 2020. The report will incorporate feedback received during the public engagement.  

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