Due to overwhelming public interest, what started as Make a Will Week in 1997, grew into Make a Will Month, each November. It was sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), now known as the Ontario Bar Association, and the Law Society of Upper Canada in cooperation with Sun Life, CIBC Trust, Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and the Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario Division. It was created in response to surveys which indicate that approximately half of Ontario residents do not have a will!

Hooey Remus LLP is proud to have participated in this programme since its inception in 1997. While the original programme is nop longer offered by the sponsors, Hooey Remus LLP remains committed to the goals of the Make a Will Month program.

The most obvious barriers which dissuade many from making a will and powers of attorney are cost, inconvenience in getting to a lawyer's office for a consultation and lack of knowledge about the benefits of preparing a will and powers of attorney. Hooey Remus LLP can help to reduce these barriers so that you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from the planned protection for yourself, your assets and the expectations of your family and friends through the use of a will and powers of attorney for your personal and estate planning.


What does Hooey Remus do in November?

  • To reduce the cost barrier, we will lower the cost of our basic individual will from November 1, 2011 to November 30, 2011. This service includes a full consultation with a lawyer at our offices. Our basic individual will is suitable for most people. Although most people do not require it, from time to time, the complexity of a person's affairs requires a second will, and trust or tax advice at an additional cost. If that were to be the case in any situation, we advise the participant at the time of consultation after reviewing his or her situation and the participant chooses whether or not to proceed. Of course, for those who do not wish to proceed at that point, there is no charge for the consultation.


  • Similarly, we reduced the cost of our power of attorney for personal care and power of attorney for property for the same period.


  • To reduce the inconvenience barrier, for employers, we will make a no-cost, no-obligation presentation to your employees on the benefits of making a will and preparing powers of attorney, together with a description of the types of issues they will have to address when preparing them. There is also a time for questions. Each employee will receive a complimentary copy of the Hooey Remus Personal Planning Kit. We will come to your workplace to explain the benefits that come from the planned protection of yourself, your assets and the expectations of your family and friends through the use of a will and powers of attorney! This is not a sales pitch for Hooey Remus. Participants are encouraged to obtain a will from their own personal lawyer or to obtain a recommendation of a lawyer to prepare a will and powers of attorney from a satisfied friend. There is also information provided about the Law Society Referral Service and the services offered by trust companies in estate planning. These presentations take about an hour and can be scheduled during a lunch hour, at the end of the workday or at another convenient time. We recognize that November may not be the most convenient time for such a presentation in your business. We have always provided this program at other convenient times during the year for employee groups with the same three month price reduction.


  • We have presented the program to employees of Kraft Canada (Don Mills), Kraft Canada (Etobicoke), McCormick Rankin, Law Society of Upper Canada, Volkswagen Canada , Investors Group and Toyota Canada.


What does Hooey Remus do for the rest of the year?

To reduce the knowledge barrier and assist with your decision and planning, we will provide you, free of charge, with a copy of our Hooey Remus Personal Planning Kit that contains articles on subjects you need to consider in your personal and estate planning. Click on the green button to request either from Bruce Drake.


To set up a consultation with Bruce Drake or a presentation for your employees, click on the green button . Bruce Drake will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements. We will provide a reduced pricing programme to employees on the same basis as the November programme.


If you have Microsoft PowerPoint software, you may wish to view the slides from the Hooey Remus presentation. Although this is primarily designed for those who have attended our presentation, we make it available without charge to all who wish to view it. Click on the green button to view the presentation slides.


Is there another way we can help? Please let us know. Click on the green button to send an email to Bruce Drake with your suggestion.


If you have any questions, please contact us at:

W. Bruce Drake
Hooey · Remus
Suite 1410, 120 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 1T1
Telephone: (416) 362-2051
Facsimile: (416) 362-3646


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