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Wills and estate planning

When you should review your estate plan Add to ...

​​Your life circumstances are bound to change over time, which could affect your estate plan. Think of estate planning as an ongoing process – not a one-time event.

Life events that can affect your estate plan

Not every change in your life will require a change to your estate plan, but consider reviewing it if any of these life changes occur:

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  • marriage or common law partnership
  • birth or adoption of a child
  • separation or divorce – of you or a family member
  • death of a spouse, family member or executor
  • move to another province or out of country
  • major change in financial or business situation (such as an inheritance or bankruptcy).

Tip: Your wishes may change over time, even if no life events have occurred. It’s worth reviewing your estate plan every few years to confirm that it still reflects your wishes.


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