NDP introduce will registry to ensure Nova Scotians last wishes protected

April 10, 2014

Queens – Shelburne NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau says creating a will registry for Nova Scotians is the right thing to do.

“Right now in Nova Scotia if someone’s will goes missing or is lost it can cause a great deal of stress for family members and friends,” said Belliveau.

“A will registry would allow Nova Scotians to have peace of mind knowing that their will is being kept in a safe place.”

Belliveau says that is why the NDP introduced a bill to today in the Nova Scotia Legislature to create a will registry. For a reasonable cost Nova Scotians would be able to register their will with a provincial registrar who would hold the will for safekeeping. Similar systems exist in other provinces including British Columbia and Ontario.

“We’ve heard from Nova Scotians that the issue of storing their will and the carrying out of their final wishes is a concern and we think this bill helps to address those concerns,” said Belliveau.

“We look forward to debating the bill in the Legislature and are hopeful we will gain the support of both the government and the Conservative Caucus to get this bill enacted as soon as possible.”