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Is a will that was written up by a lawyer in 1997 who was

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is a will that was written up by a lawyer in 1997 who was later disbarred for trust fund fraud still valid????
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

Hello! My name is***** you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

Yes the Will is valid.

It doesn't even have to have been drafted by a lawyer.

But if the person has not died it would be best for them to consider having the Will reviewed by another lawyer. That would be true no matter what this first lawyer did as it has been a long time and laws and facts change of course.

Does that answer your question?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am going to another lawyer for a review of the present one - can I be confident enough that it is still legal, also powers of attorney - the previous lawyer is alive but I believe the firm is no longer is existence
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

As long as the Will was done correctly it will be fine. Wills are not complicated and I assume the lawyer knew how to do one but it is good to have it reviewed.

The law has changed substantially in terms of substitute decision makers. You may need to redo the two POAs documents.