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article imageWillful launches online platform to make creating a will simple

By Karen Graham     Oct 25, 2017 in Technology
Toronto - Toronto, Canada-based startup, Willful launched its online platform on Tuesday, to help Canadians in creating a will in less than 20 minutes and for a fraction of the cost of using traditional sources.
Not only are there about 260,000 deaths in Canada each year, but a recent Law Pro study found that 56 percent of Canadian adults don't have a legal will outlining their last wishes or estate plans, according to a press release.
Kevin Oulds, CEO, and founder of Willful was inspired to start Willful after the sudden passing of a close family member. And with several near-death experiences himself, he began thinking about his own lack of preparedness in outlining his own last wishes.
In talking with others, he found that many young adults don't have wills, most citing the high cost, or time involved and the "legalese" that was difficult to understand as being reasons for not making a will.
However, Ould realized that in our age of digital technology, just about everything we do, from banking to shopping, is done online. He made it his company's mission to use technology to provide simplified end-of-life planning, starting with three products available on the website: wills, power of attorney for personal care (living wills), and power of attorney for property.
Ould says, “It's time there was a beautiful, user-friendly site targeted to millennials who are going through major life events and need to ensure their family is taken care of." He stresses that Willful was created with families in mind and designed it to be straightforward and simple so that "planning for the future doesn't have to be a pain."
Willful's platform
Willful’s platform was developed in collaboration with leading estate lawyers, with pricing plans starting at $99. Willful generates a document (or documents depending on the package selected) and provides instructions for how to make it legally binding by having it signed in the presence of two witnesses.
Willful is based in Toronto, and it is currently available to residents of Ontario, with plans to expand across Canada, beginning with Alberta and British Columbia.
“I’ve guided countless people through the creation of their Last Will and Testament,” said Hala Tabl, a Wills and Estates lawyer based in Ottawa who also runs Ontario-Probate. She is one of Willful’s three legal advisors, including Neil Milton and Scott Allison.
“Potential clients often tell me that their greatest barrier when it comes to creating a will is the cost and time. Since Willful takes a great deal of the labour out of this process, they’re able to drastically cut costs making it a cost-effective, simple alternative for people who have budgetary or time constraints.”
Legal documents and digital transformation
Law firms and many individual lawyers were reluctant at first to embrace digital transformation because of the fear of confidential client information being put at risk. However, with today’s digital technology, it’s possible to have both access to data and security in one simple solution, as many have found out.
Many law firms are now using the cloud to access basic legal research on case law as well as to handle simple contact requests and information transfers. The knowledge that one's will or power of attorney is safe and secure online is an important consideration. Online and mobile access, along with data security has been integrated, and this alone should give peace of mind.
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