If you own assets outside Alberta, see a lawyer. They’ll know if you need an international will, and they’ll usually register it for you.
Different countries, and even some provinces, have their own standards for what makes a valid will. The list of countries which recognize international wills changes over time.
Recognition of an international will
An international will that’s created in Alberta is recognized in various parts of the world if it:
- is signed by a lawyer (you can't use a notary)
- has a certificate attached to the end of it
- is registered with the OPGT
Register an international will
Step 1. Fill out the form
International Wills Registration form (PDF, 15 KB)
Step 2. Mail the form
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
4th Floor, Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3Z8
Don't send us a copy of your will.
The record that you've registered an international will with the OPGT is protected. We can only share it with:
- someone you appoint
- the proper person who should have access when you die
Talk to your lawyer if you have questions or concerns.