Program Chair

Marni Pernica

Aird & Berlis LLP

Drafting a will that can stand up to challenges is the cornerstone of a successful estates practice.

Over two half-days, this intensive, learn-by-doing program will provide a unique opportunity to hone your drafting skills while receiving individualized feedback.

Drafting a tightly worded will can help protect you from potential challenges and is a skill that requires thoughtful consideration and practice. When a client comes into your office requesting a will, it is critical that you are prepared to competently draft based on varying, and sometimes, complex scenarios.

OsgoodePD’s Intensive Will Drafting Workshop will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to succeed.

This unique program includes sample fact scenarios, lectures and small group breakout sessions. Personalized feedback will provide you with ample opportunity to develop and refine your drafting skills.

You must be prepared to complete a pre-program introductory webinar and drafting assignment which will be reviewed by an experienced faculty member and discussed in small groups at the program. You will be asked to refer to your own templates and precedents, as well as learnings from the first half-day session, in order to complete the assignment.

What You’ll Learn

How to avoid common drafting errors

The basic administrative and preamble clauses that should be included in a will, and how to revise them given different fact situations

When to use multiple wills, and how to effectively draft them

The components of a Simple Will, and the situations in which it is appropriate to use

  • You will practice modifying standard clauses to effectively reflect client needs articulated in various fact scenarios

How to incorporate clauses to a situation where a family cottage or a second marriage may be involved

This program is part of The Osgoode Intensive Program in Wills & Estates. For a full listing of required programs, click here.

Who Should Attend

Lawyers practicing or wishing to practice in wills and estates


Program Chair

Marni Pernica

Aird & Berlis LLP



View the 2023 program brochure and agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts. A detailed agenda for the upcoming program will be available soon.


Mar 5 & Apr 1, 2024

$695 + TAX


March 5, 2024

9:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m (ET)

April 1, 2024

9:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m (ET)

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CPD Hours
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Substantive6h 40m
Professionalism1h 15m
Total7h 55m

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