Law Society’s Access to Innovation Project Approves Willful as First Participant

TORONTO, November 15, 2022 /CNW/ – The Access to Innovation (A2I) Project Advisory Board has approved Willful, an online estate planning platform, as its first entrant.

Willful, which has been approved for a two-year operational phase, is helping Ontario residents create a will and power of attorney documents through an online platform. By participating in the A2I Project, Willful is required to comply with operating and reporting requirements established by the Law Society of Ontario as he works toward obtaining a license to provide legal services on an ongoing basis.

“Willful is a great example of the kind of service the A2I project is aimed at,” said Vicars of Lynne, Chairman, A2I Advisory Council. “We want to pave the way for effective regulation of innovative products and platforms that provide easier and more cost-effective access to legal services.”

“The A2I project aims to open avenues for greater access to justice and Willful responds to this objective,” said the CEO Diana Miles. “Facilitating regulated access to an online service, which assists in the creation of a will or power of attorney, will protect and serve the public.”

“The majority of Ontarians do not have a will, often leaving bereaved families to deal with uncertainty and unnecessary complexity,” said Erin Bury, co-founder and CEO, Willful. “We are excited to be part of the A2I project to continue educating and empowering people with practical and affordable end-of-life planning tools that meet LSO’s quality standards.”

A2I is a five-year pilot project, open to a wide range of legal innovators. Vendor tools or programs should showcase the innovative delivery of legal services through technology. Applications will be accepted from any type of provider – licensed, unlicensed lawyer or paralegal, law firm, business or non-profit organization.

Information on eligibility, the application process and more can be found at LSO.ca/A2I.

Potential applicants and others interested in receiving project updates and information on future events are invited to email [email protected] to add to the A2I mailing list.

A portion of the funding for the Access to Innovation project comes generously from a grant from The Human Rights Foundation Ontario. Through grantmaking and collaboration, the Foundation invests in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives. The Law Society is grateful for his support.

The Bar regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society’s mandate is to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for Ontarioand to act in a timely, open and effective manner.

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