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We know that thinking about death is morbid, but it’s a reality that must be planned for. It’s important to ask questions like the following: 

  • How do I take care of my family beyond my lifetime?
  • How will my elderly parents’ assets be distributed among me and my siblings?
  • What will the government do with my assets and savings if I don’t have a Will?
  • How do I protect my children’s interest in my estate if I remarry?
  • How do I make sure my parents are taken care of in their old age?

On this page, you can find an animated explainer video, as well as a recording of a webinar, to learn more about wills & estates law in Ontario.

If you die without a will, Ontario law has rules about who gets the property in your estate. These are called the intestacy rules. Under these rules, people who you thought would get your property may get less or more than you wanted them to get. Or, they may get nothing.

For example, the intestacy rules say only a legally married spouse and biological and adopted children have a right to your property. The intestacy rules do not give anything to a common-law partner, or to stepchildren you haven’t legally adopted.

If you have any questions, you can book an estate law consultation and speak with a lawyer on the phone.

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