Wills and Estate Planning

A will is a written document that sets out your wishes about what happens to your assets after you die.  A will gives power to your executor to deal with your estate according to your directions.

Understanding Legal Words

Ten Common Questions about Wills & Estates

“Dix Questions Courantes au Sujet des Testaments et des Succession

“Your Will” Information Sheet


YPLEA Standard Legal Forms

Power of Attorney


Yukon Estate and Administration Publications

Guide Books

Book 1 – Duties of an Estate Administrator

Book 2 – Your Role as an Executor

Book 3 – What is Probate?

Book 4 – Closing an Estate

List of Key Words


Fact Sheets 

Estate Administration


Estate Administration Forms

Rules and Forms

Form 4  Requisition for Letters of Administration

Form 4  Requisition for Grant of Probate

Form 72  Affidavit of Executor

Form 73  Affidavit of Notice of Application (with Exhibit)

(Use if the deceased died without a will. Serve on the Public Guardian and Trustee if a beneficiary is under 19 years of age or is an incapable adult – include the date of birth and current address of any beneficiary younger than 19 years old.)

Form 115 – Grant of Probate

Form 116 – Letters of Administration

Additional Information

Who is Considered a Common-law Spouse?

As of April 1, 1999, the Estate Administration Act defines common-law spouse as:

  • a person who is united to another person by a marriage that, although not a legal marriage, is valid by common law, or
  • a person who has cohabitated with another person as a couple for a least 12 months immediately before the other person’s death.

Additional Terms Related to Estate Administration (not included in List of Key Words publication)

Codicil – A formal supplement or an addition to the will made by the testator. It modifies, adds, subtracts from, qualifies, alters, restrains or revokes provisions in a will. It must be prepared and executed in the same manner as a will.

To Devise or Bequeath – To give a gift (can be worded in a will as “I give”).

Holograph Will – A will written entirely in the handwriting of the deceased and signed and dated by him or her is considered a valid will in Yukon. A holograph will does not require a signature by a witness. Will forms purchased in stationary stores are not holograph wills.


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