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December 2017 Archives

Ontario wills: When one partner dies in a common law partnership

Many common law partners believe the laws are the same for them as they are for traditionally married couples. That is not always so in most provinces, Ontario included. So, when common law partners are having wills drafted, they should make specific mention of their common law spouses in the documents.

Wills in Canada: What's important to know

No one likes to thing about his or her own demise, but that day is coming for everyone. With that in mind, some consideration should be given to what happens to assets upon an individual's death. Yet, about half the adult population in Canada die intestate – or without wills. If that should happen, family members would have the burden and emotional stress of trying to decipher who gets what – or worse yet, that job could fall to the government.