Unfortunately, far too many Ontarians die intestate, meaning without a valid will. This could mean they never wrote a will prior to their death, or that the will they wrote was invalid and therefore useless because it failed to meet the legal criteria.Read More
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a difficult process. Sometimes, it can be made even more challenging if you have been unfairly or unexpectedly excluded from the will of the deceased individual. If you have been excluded from a will, you may have options available to you.
Legal Procedure for Handling an Unfair Will
1. Dependent Support Claims
Ontario law requires that you...Read More
Valid or not valid? A will challenge is an all-or-nothing effort to disprove that a will meets all of the requirements discussed in this article. If even one piece is missing, the will is not valid, and either a prior will takes centre stage or intestacy rules to apply. The following explains what makes a will valid.
Why Would Someone Challenge a Will?
If someone stood to inherit...Read More
Ontario laws provide options to spouses and dependents of deceased people so that they are not necessarily stuck with what a valid will provides. Further, if there is reason to believe that a will is not valid, any beneficiary in a prior will, and some relatives if there is no prior will, can contest a will (challenge a will).
Who can Challenge a Will and What Grounds Do You Need to Contest a...Read More