Wills & Estates

Virtual Witnessing for Wills and Powers of Attorney

Above is an Order in Council dated April 22 permitting that wills and POA's
be signed virtually and in counterpart. It is intended that the order will
remain in place until the end of the declared state of emergency. You can
learn more and access the link to the legislation here.

The Lieutenant Governor in Council made an order under s. 7.0.2(4), of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act permitting virtual witnessing for wills and powers of attorney provided that at least one person who is providing the service as a witness is a licensee pursuant to the Law Society Act.

The Order is not retroactive and will be in place for the duration of the declaration of emergency.

The Order in Council will also be posted on this website: https://www.ontario.ca/search/orders-in-council and on e-Laws, as a regulation under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e09?search=emergency+management.