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Tag: spousal rights

What Happens if You Die Without a Will in Ontario?

Confirmation of Registration Report They say nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. We pay taxes on a daily basis but often try to avoid the thought of death at all costs. Unfortunately, the cost to your loved ones if you do not plan for your estate in the event of your death can be abundant; and it […]

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ESTATES & EQUALIZATION: Spouses electing their Family Law rights and the consequences thereof

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for the surviving spouse to establish his or her entitlement to insurance proceeds and to survivorship benefits under pension and similar plans arising on the death of the deceased spouse.With this in view, the surviving spouse, who makes his or her decision on the basis of a will in respect of which no certificate of appointment of estate trustee has been issued, should also be cautioned. In the end, if the will put forward is found to be invalid; the surviving spouse would find that the election should have been made the other way. A wise course of action would be to defer the filing of the election until after the certificate of appointment of estate trustee with a will has been issued. Should there be difficulty in locating a will or there be litigation over the validity of a will, it would be appropriate to apply for an extension of time for filing the election beyond the six-month period following the deceased spouse’s death, (under subsection 2(8) of the Family Law Act (“FLA”)).

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