is operated by PartingWishes Inc., a privately held corporation based in Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada. It is an independent organization which works
with lawyers in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to provide legal document
creation services to the public, but is not itself tied to a particular law firm.
Formed in 2000, the company has a dedicated team devoted
to ensuring high customer service, as well as an extensive list
of partners and private investors.
Our mandate is to allow people to create
common legal documents in a very easy, convenient, private, secure and
cost-effective manner, without the need to pay the high expenses of a
lawyer. We go far beyond any do-it-yourself kit or online repository of
legal forms and documents. If you wish, all of your legal documents can be
stored and maintained by you online, in a completely private and secure
manner. This will ensure that you can keep it updated to reflect any changes
in your financial or family situation.
web site allows Expatriates who own assets in Canada, the U.S. or the U.K. to create a
special Last Will and Testament, which serves to document their wishes regarding those assets held in
Canada, the U.S. or the U.K., but does not revoke any existing Will that they may
have regarding assets in their home country.
Furthermore, at no extra cost, members can specify their funeral wishes,
upload important files and documents,
and even create messages to
be sent after they have
uses a unique Member-Keyholder® relationship, which
ensures that the information created by our members is completely secure,
yet available to their designated personal Keyholders® only at the
Tim Hewson co-founded PartingWishes Inc. in 2000.
Since graduating from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK
with an Honours degree in Human Factors he has accumulated over 15 years
experience as a telecommunications consultant and Business Manager for
small companies in the UK and in Canada. He also has extensive
experience in e-commerce business management for large corporations in
Canada and the United States, and has worked as a Product Manager for
market leading Call Center and Unified Messaging products.
Tim has over
years of experience helping people to write their Will and other estate planning documents.
He has been interviewed by many of the major news media outlets and has contributed to articles in most leading publications.
He has also contributed to a number of financial planning books.
Throughout his career, Tim has written extensively on the subject of Will writing and estate planning.
Henry Raud has over 20 years experience in the PC, telecommunications
and software development industry.
Since graduating with an Honours
Computer Science degree from the University of Toronto, he has
held several technology and executive management positions in a
multinational corporation. During that time, he has been
responsible for the successful delivery of many complex software
Henry joined forces with Tim Hewson in 2000 to
form PartingWishes Inc.
As President and CTO, he has full accountability and responsibility
for all web site and software development activities, as well as managing
the financials of the corporation.
Bradley M. Sniderman - Attorney at Law
Cindy Harm, BA, MBA - Senior Business Advisor
John Lumsden, CISSP - Principal Engineer, Tangible Consultinga
Gordon Allison, BSc - Human Factors Consultant
May 5, 2022
The Law Society of BC has recently granted a number of electronic Will writing services such as LegalWills.ca their seal of approval for using e-signatures and digital storage solutions. Months after British Columbia became the first province in Canada to put this important law in place, other jurisdictions have yet to follow suit.
December 1, 2021
Canadian history was made in British Columbia at 12:01 this morning as Royce Burningham became the first person in Canada to have an electronically signed and witnessed Will through a partnership between LegalWills.ca and Syngrafii.
November 23, 2021
LegalWills.ca partners with technology provider Syngrafii to bring British Columbia a complete online Will solution - from electronic wills, to e-signatures, and secure storage, as of December 1st, 2021 British Columbians can manage their estate planning completely online.
May 27, 2021
A recent LegalWills.ca survey found that the number of Canadians aged 18-24 with an up to date Will more than doubled from 2016 to 2021.
April 28, 2021
As the country celebrates National First Responder's Day on May 1st, Canada's longest standing online Will provider LegalWills.ca
is offering first responders, including Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), paramedics, firefighters, and police officers,
a Will and Power of Attorney free of charge for the entire month.
March 23, 2021
LegalWills.ca survey found that COVID-19 influenced over half of survey participants to write or update their Will.
October 15, 2020
LegalWills.ca, the online provider of Wills, Power of Attorney, and other common legal documents is now available in both official languages, in every Canadian province and territory.
August 18, 2020
LegalWills.ca has given their online estate planning service an overhaul in order to support Quebec laws,
making the online provider of Wills, Power of Attorney, and other common legal documents available in
every Canadian province and territory.
July 30, 2020
Industry leader in online estate planning, LegalWills, responds to teachers' worries about returning to their classrooms
in September - amidst the COVID-19 pandemic - by providing free Wills and Health Care Power of Attorney documents to US,
UK, and Canadian teachers and education workers.
September 24, 2019
According to the Bank of Canada, there are a total of 2 million unclaimed accounts passed to them by banks and other financial institutions.
Many of these belong to deceased account holders, because the estate Executor had no knowledge of the account.
If the account remains unclaimed, the balance passes to the Receiver General of Canada.
June 7, 2016
A revealing survey by USLegalWills.com suggests that previous surveys may have under-reported the number of Americans
without a Will by not including those who have a Will that is out-of-date.
A new survey by LegalWills.ca suggests that previous surveys may have under-reported the number of Canadians without a Will
by not including those who have a Will that is out-of-date.
March 14, 2014
Canadian Legal Wills (www.legalwills.ca), Canada's top provider of online wills, power of attorney and living wills,
and MyLifeLocker (www.mylifelocker.com), the ultimate organizational system for all of life's little details,
have joined forces to provide Canadians with security and peace of mind when it matters most.
March 31, 2009
A new service offered by www.legalwills.co.uk allows individuals to prepare their Will, in the convenience of their own home,
for a fraction of the cost of hiring a solicitor. Legalwills.co.uk has worked with solicitors in the UK to provide a completely
interactive service with clear, concise online help that steps people through the process of creating a legal Will.
February 19, 2009
Most Americans do not have a legal Will, but of those that do, most are not kept current.
The process of amending one's Will with a lawyer is inconvenient and expensive, but a new online
service by USLegalWills.com allows people to maintain their legal Will conveniently and cost effectively.
January 22, 2009
Most Canadians do not have a legal Will, but of those that do, most are not kept current.
The process of maintaining one's Will is extremely important, but with a lawyer it can be inconvenient and expensive.
A new online service by LegalWills.ca allows people to maintain their legal Will conveniently and cost effectively.
October 18, 2002
PartingWishes.com has launched the latest in a portfolio of services that allow their members to communicate
their parting wishes to friends and loved ones after they have passed away.
October 15, 2002
PartingWishes.com announces the latest in a portfolio of services that allow their members to communicate their parting wishes
to friends and loved ones after they have passed away. The "MyMessages" service allows members to prepare multimedia messages
to friends and loves ones. These messages remain completely private and only get delivered to their recipients after the member has passed away.
October 1, 2002
PartingWishes.com announces a revolutionary new service, enabling consumers to create and update their Wills over the Internet.
Now, from the comfort and privacy of their own home, all that a consumer needs is an Internet connection and about
30 minutes to create a custom Will that is legal in their local jurisdiction.
November 3, 2000
PartingWishes.com has launched a unique portfolio of services that allow consumers to communicate their final wishes
to loved ones after they have passed away. The interactive web site includes services for describing funeral wishes,
drafting a legal Will and preparing multimedia messages.
January 5, 2022
Most people don't have a Will, but everybody needs one. We are addressing the barriers to preparing a Will by making the process affordable and convenient.
December 22, 2021
by Jennifer Ferreira, CTV News
A survey conducted by LegalWills.ca earlier this year shows that more than half of participants decided to
write or update their wills within the past 12 months because of the pandemic.
December 20, 2021
by Lesley-Anne Scorgie, Toronto Star
If you’ve got an old will, it's possible it's invalid now. Let this be your cue for a refresh.
You can do your will through a lawyer (typically when your situation is a bit more complicated) or through an online platform like... Legalwills.ca.
December 14, 2021
by Elizabeth Raymer, Canadian Lawyer Magazine
LegalWills is one of a few companies to offer online will-making services across Canada,
including in the province of Quebec, and is the first (and to date only) such service to offer the forms in French as well as English.
November 11, 2020
by Best Online Will Makers USA
US Legal Wills are very affordable compared to many other companies or the average rates of hiring a lawyer to prepare your document.
Each of their products and services come at a different price point, but all of them stay well below the market’s average.
Our bottom line is that this is a hugely popular online will service with a sufficient reputation and some great revision features.
by Rachel Hartman, U.S. News
To set up specific instructions for loved ones, you can create a will through U.S. Legal Wills.
The online will making tool asks questions about your estate to help you line up information your executor can use to properly distribute assets.
You can also tap into additional features, such as a mirror capability that lets you share data between spousal accounts.
November 9, 2020
by Jiro Honda, CONAN Daily News
US Legal Wills have online will kits that are incredibly fast to create. The process takes 20 minutes, yet is fully customizable with many options,
the end document can also be reviewed by a lawyer. There’s a bunch of other legal documents to make use of, such as Trusts, Power of Attorneys and Expatriate Wills.
These features make it truly stand out.
August 17, 2020
by Kaitie Fraser, CBC News
"We've certainly seen this year that trigger for writing a will has never been higher,"
said Tim Hewson, CEO and co-founder of LegalWills.
About one will is completed every minute on LegalWills, said Hewson,
who also saw a record number of people using the service in April.
August 5, 2020
by Travis Dhanraj, Global News
LegalWills is offering Canadian education workers free wills and Health Care Power of Attorney documents in August
as debate continues over how to reopen schools safely in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"We wanted to do our part to support the education workers who are returning to school and risking their own
health and safety during these uncertain times," said Tim Hewson, the estate planning company's chief executive officer and co-founder.
May 14, 2020
US Legal Wills has one of the most affordable will options we've seen, offers 40% off forms for partners or spouses,
and also has an add-on service to get an attorney to review your estate plan. Plus, it's one of the only websites that accommodates affordable wills for expats
and those who have assets outside the U.S.
April 23, 2020
by Ross McLaughlin, CTV News
"April has been our busiest month in our 20 years of offering our services, by some margin," Tim Hewson,
President of LegalWills.ca, said in an email to CTV News.
April 1, 2020
by Maham Abedi, Global News
A similar uptick in usage is occurring at another online legal document creation company
called Canadian Legal Wills. Tim Hewson, the co-founder
and president of the company, said the rise in demand has been "unprecedented" across the company's
operations in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom.
March 12, 2020
by Liam, Money to the Masses
Legal Wills: Basic service with Wills prepared from an online questionnaire, printed by the customer
then signed and witnessed. Legal Wills has received over 80 reviews on Google with an average score
of 4.9 out of 5.0.
January 31, 2020
by Truc Nguyen, CBC
For instance, for less than one hundred dollars, LegalWills.ca does offer a
lawyer-review service for your documents to offer what Hewson describes as "reassurances, suggestions, recommendations,"
but that report is provided via email. "We do have [this service] as a safeguard because we do have options that
allow people to become quite creative with what they want to put in," says Hewson.
January 1, 2020
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U.S. Legal Wills is designed to offer all the legal documentation one might be in need of before the end of life.
They have been in business for over 19 years and are run by Parting Wishes, Inc. which is the parent company of Parting Wishes.
The products they offer consist of a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Expatriate Will, and Life Locker.
January 4, 2020
by Erica Alini, Global News
Thankfully, crossing off both a will and life insurance from your to-do list is getting easier and easier if you have a simple financial situation.
Solutions like Willful and Legal Wills allow Canadians to make wills and set up a power of attorney
online and for a fraction of the cost of seeing a lawyer.
December 4, 2019
by Ian Hull, The Globe and Mail
LegalWills.ca provides users access to wills and powers of attorney templates
so that they can create their own estate-planning documents and store copies of them online securely after they have been executed.
Although these services might lack personal connection and personalized legal advice, they may be a suitable alternative
to formal lawyer-assisted estate planning for individuals who favour convenience and expediency.
November 6, 2019
by Rachel Hartman, U.S. News & World Report
To manage assets outside of the U.S. or set up specific instructions for loved ones, you can create a will through US Legal Wills.
The online will-making tool asks questions about your estate to help you line up information your executor can use to properly distribute assets.
You can also tap into additional features, such as a mirror capability that lets you share data between spousal accounts.
The Times, Money Mentor
What does LegalWills.co.uk offer? As well as offering you the ability to
create single and mirror wills through its site, it provides some specialist services for US and Canadian expats.
October 30, 2019
If you want to leave an inheritance to minors, you can set up a trust and name a trustee to manage it. "You can then decide
in your will the age that you think is most appropriate for the minor to receive their inheritance," says Tim Hewson,
founder and CEO of USLegalWills.com in New York.
October 22, 2019
by Josh Patoka, Well Kept Wallet
Most online will makers only provide service if you live in the 50 U.S. states. US Legal Wills
offers wills for expatriates who live outside the United States. You can also get a will if you have assets in Canada or the United Kingdom.
October 21, 2019
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You can either write it on a blank piece of paper in your own handwriting or use an
online interactive will service (LegalWills.ca).
If anything, remember that your will must be signed and dated by yourself, and two attending
witnesses that are not beneficiaries or your spouse, for good measure.
October 15, 2019
by Carol Roth, Fox Business
Despite knowing this, too many people put off gathering key documents together. Tim Hewson, president of USLegalWills.com,
believes that "waiting for a 'more appropriate time' to put together your will is a mistake. Everybody should have a will. It should be written when you are
young and updated throughout your life as your circumstances change."
September 27, 2019
The Chronicle Journal
Among the big errors is assuming that all assets will go to the surviving spouse if there are children.
Failing to have someone in charge of the estate can also tear families apart, says Tim Hewson,
president of LegalWills.ca.
September 26, 2019
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press
"If you care about any people while you're alive to leave them without a will you're leaving people with such a
mess," says Tim Hewson, president of LegalWills.ca, an online service
available in Canada outside Quebec. Failing to have someone in charge of the estate can tear families apart, he said in an interview.
"Families who have previously got along just fine, if there's no process, there's nobody in charge,
then that can cause a lot of animosity and acrimony in families."
June 29, 2019
by Sam Mire, Disruptor Daily
Tim Hewson, co-founder and CEO of USLegalWills.com: "I think estate planning
has seen a dramatic change over the last decade or so. Dozens of websites offer online estate planning services that have
become more and more sophisticated. Between them, millions of wills and other estate planning documents have been created,
but not one of these websites is offered by a law firm."
June 11, 2019
by Tom Drake, Maple Money
LegalWills.ca has been providing Canadians with online estate planning products for almost 20 years,
a fact which lends to their credibility in the industry. That said, their top selling point is affordability. With Legalwills.ca,
you can receive a last will and testament for as little as $39.95, while a couple's package that includes a will, and power of attorney
for you and your spouse, is only $144.
May 29, 2019
by Sam Juric, The Walrus
Tim Hewson was thirty-two when he co-founded Legal Wills, in 2000, after he realized how ill prepared
he and his friends were: one night while out for after-work drinks, his group realized not one person at the table had a will.
He soon left his job at a tech company and cofounded his web service, where clients can pay to have their wills prepared online.
March 4, 2019
by Dan Rafter, Quicken Loans, Money Matters
Tim Hewson, chief executive officer of USLegalWills.com, an online service based
in New York City that helps people write their wills, said that confusion often reigns when people die without a will.
As Hewson said, if you die without a will, people will inevitably try to claim parts of your estate. Resentment might result when
someone finally steps up to take responsibility. The person who wants to handle the disbursement of your estate will have to apply
through a court process to be officially appointed as the estate administrator. While this happens, your assets will be frozen.
January 9, 2019
If you use an online service, you'll have access to software that guides you through the process. "You don't receive any legal
advice with this option," says Tim Hewson, president of USLegalWills.com.
Many of the online options allow you to make updates over time if your circumstances change.
Asking for professional help to create a will gives you the opportunity to have an expert help you think through details.
"This is likely to give you a well-drafted will, but it is the most expensive and least convenient approach," Hewson says.
December 27, 2018
by Anja Webb, NY Metro Parents
USLegalWills.com allows you to make your will at home by simply filling in a
form and answering questions. With a fee of approximately $40, it's a more affordable option for young professionals or
those with young children.
December 15, 2018
by Jorgen Vik, The Daily Progress
According to U.S. Legal Wills, approximately eight out of nine with a will have not
included a charitable beneficiary among their heirs (https://www.uslegalwills.com/blog/planned-giving/).
October 27, 2018
Like saving for retirement, writing a legal will is a financial must-do. In this edition of our Money 123 series,
online journalist Erica Alini looks at what can happen when someone dies without a will.
LegalWills.ca has been online since 2003. It operates all over
English-speaking Canada and is planning to launch with an English-language website in Québec next year.
(But the company is also working on a French-language service to be rolled out throughout the country,
co-founder Tim Hewson told Global News.)
October 20, 2018
But perhaps most importantly, LegalWills allows for unlimited free updates to your will,
which means you don't have to pay a lawyer if, say, you have another child or get divorced. Still, if you'd like to get a
legal opinion on your online draft, the site will connect you to a lawyer who'll review what you have.
July 31, 2018
by Robb Engen, The Toronto Star
LegalWills.ca is the most affordable and comprehensive online will service.
Its longevity is an advantage, as many of its will have gone through the probate process without any reported issues.
September 13, 2017
by Emma Maslin, The Money Whisperer
Online services, like the one provided by Beyond and LegalWills.co.uk
are becoming more sophisticated, but are built from the same software used by estate planning solicitors.
So, although you are not receiving legal advice, the final document is in many cases word for word identical to one prepared by a solicitor.
November 6, 2017
by Jean Ko Din, The Catholic Register
Hewson, who is also CEO of LegalWills.ca, has 17 years of experience under his
belt providing Canadians step-by-step support for creating Wills. Having a Will is only the first task, he said.
Maintaining the document throughout your lifetime ensures that your estate plan goals will be carried out in your
best interest and in the best interest of your heirs.
July 14, 2017
by Rob Wile, Mic.com
If you don't want to write a basic will yourself, you can use online templates from places like Quicken, LegalZoom,
and USLegalWills, all of which cost less than $100.
May 3, 2017
by Bruce Sellery, Moolala, Money Made Simple
Half of Canadians haven't got a Will. We'll show you the fastest, simplest option out there with
Tim Hewson from LegalWills.ca.
June 30, 2016
by Kate Ashford, Forbes, Personal Finance
It's not just young people without a lot of assets. Among seniors age 65 and older, only half have up-to-date wills in place, the survey found.
"We really wanted to explore this group after hearing from people who had a will, but had it written before they got married or had children,"
said Tim Hewson, CEO of USLegalWills.com, in the press release.
"In essence, although they technically had a will, it was worthless."
June 21, 2016
by Ross McLaughlin & Carly Yoshida, CTV News
LegalWills.ca creates custom will documents online for about $40. To create an online will,
users set up an account, answer a series of questions, and then print the documents. The site promises the entire process will
only take about 20 minutes. Since hiring a lawyer to draft a will can potentially cost more than $1,000, the price is attractive
for many people looking for a cheaper alternative.
June 15, 2016
by Lynne Butler, Estate Law Canada
This company is an online will-writing service that uses software to create an interactive experience that results
in the customer having a new will. Here is one of the statements made in their report: "The service at
LegalWills.ca uses the exact same software used by estate planning lawyers across Canada.
So the final product is usually word-for-word identical to a Will produced by a law office."
May 19, 2016
by Beth Pinsker, Reuters
USLegalWills.com posted a 61 percent surge in the number of people completing a will
in the three weeks after Prince's death. Prince's relatives, meanwhile, face the expensive and time-consuming process of a state-ordered probate.
April 20, 2016
by Carole Hallett Mobbs, Expat Child, Financial
The service at ExpatLegalWills.com allows you to prepare a Will to cover your assets in the UK,
the US and Canada, written to deal exclusively with those assets. It differs from other Will preparation services in that a Will created
at ExpatLegalWills.com can work together with a Will written for your new country of residence.
November 11, 2015
by Constance Gustke, The New York Times
And some assets like digital currencies, video game characters and Internet domain names exist only in cyberspace.
"So they can be overlooked, since they aren't as tangible," said Tim Hewson, president of USLegalWills.com,
adding that such assets "can be worth tens of thousands of dollars."
June 23, 2015
by Jason Heath, Financial Post
Staples has long offered fill-in-the-blank will kits for $19.95.
Companies like LegalWills.ca offer interactive online wills for $39.95.
And Walmart jumped into the will market last year, offering $99 wills through Axess Law Offices in some of their Ontario stores.
February 22, 2013
by Arthur Comings, Nerdwallet, Estate Planning
At USLegalWills.com you can step through a series of questions to create a custom,
inexpensive, legal will that you can update at any time at no extra charge. The interactive software will catch errors that
you might make with a paper form.
July 8, 2010
by Angela Self, The Globe and Mail, Personal Finance
With a little homework and prep on your part, you can minimize the cost of working with a lawyer.
Will preparation checklists will help. Or, you could draft your own will with help from such
websites as legalwills.ca.
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