Half of Canadians have a will, while a third have a power of attorney for property and 8% of those surveyed by Scotiabank say they don’t know what POA is.
The incidence of a power of attorney increases with age. Some 58% of those 55 years old and over have appointed a power of attorney, while just 15% of those between 18 and 34 have one.
That’s similar to the trend for having a will 19% of 18-34 year olds have one, while 30% of 35-44 year olds do; 50% of 45-54 year olds; and 86% for those 55 and older.
People who don’t have a will say they don’t have enough assets to justify making one (29%), or they don’t know where to start (24%), or they’re too young. Another 23% say they just don’t know why they don’t have one (both 23%).
For those who do have a will and a financial plan, 77% had a lawyer or a notary help them create it, while 14% did it themselves and 7% used a financial advisor.
Just over half (54%) say they have spoken to their family about their intentions for their will. Of those who haven’t spoken to their family about their will (46%), their top reasons are: they haven’t thought about it (64%); their will is a private matter (17%); and that it is too soon to speak with them (11%).
|Has a power of attorney for property||33%||30%||33%||35%||32%||35%||26%|
|Has a will||50%||44%||54%||53%||45%||49%||42%|
|Have spoken to family about intentions for will||54%||55%||51%||56%||52%||57%||56%|