Pro Bono Students Canada Wills Project

The Wills Project originally operated as a PBSC initiative in partnership with the 519 Church Community Centre. The project has recently expanded to serve Aboriginal clients as well as individuals that fall within a low income bracket, as well as the original goal of serving members of the Toronto community who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Students work under the supervision of a lawyer to create wills and powers of attorney for clients who are unable to afford a lawyer.

How Does the Wills Project Work?

Volunteers are responsible for client screening and intake and the drafting and reviewing of Wills and Powers of Attorney. Students will gain hands-on experience as they track client files from initiation to closing.

Students selected to participate will attend training in late September. After being matched with a client (anticipated to be once a semester) they should be prepared to commit approximately 20 hours per semester for the project; this time includes taking instructions, drafting the will and completing the signing process.

Timeline for Students

DateEvents

September

 

Recruitment
Mandatory Specialized Training 
Mandatory PBSC Training

October

Receive client assignments and begin work on wills

NovemberFinish work on wills
Present Public Legal Education session  (PLE)
DecemberWrap-up the semester
JanuaryReceive client assignments
Begin work on wills
MarchFinish wills
PLE
PBSC Appreciation event
AprilExams

How Do I Get Involved in the Wills Project?

If you would like to get involved with the Wills Project, please submit a Competitive PBSC Student Application Form, available herePlease note that due to the nature of the placement, students should be comfortable working with clients who are sex workers, drug users, and other street-involved individuals. 

Please note that Wills and Estates, while valuable experience, is not a prerequisite for this project. However, students must be available to attend a mandatory specialized training session, date TBA.

*Please note: Currently, there is a backlog for wills to be completed and therefore we cannot take new clients. In May, Free Wills Month allows individuals over the age of 55 in the GTA to update or draft their wills free of charge. Please visit Free Wills Month for more information.*

Contact Information

Wills Project Coordinator:

Rocco Scocco
willsproject.pbsc@utoronto.ca

For general inquiries about the PBSC University of Toronto Chapter, please contact the Program Coordinators:

Greg Drozdzal
U of T Summer and School-Year Program Coordinator
Pro Bono Students Canada

Ellie Minchopoulos
U of T School-Year Program Coordinator
Pro Bono Students Canada

Email - probonostudents.utoronto@gmail.com