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Estate Planners: Beware the Dependant Relief Claim

by Houser Henry Syron LLP - Toronto Office

August 19, 2014

Planning and writing a Will can be a daunting task. Finding good counsel is critical to ensuring that it is drafted correctly and that the “testator’s” (the person who is making the Will) wishes are met upon their death. It may come as a surprise to some that in fact, notwithstanding the Testator’s intentions in their Will, the circumstances that existed prior to their death may serve to override the provisions in their Will. One such circumstance that testators should be aware of is a “dependant relief claim”.


The views expressed in this document are solely the views of the author and not Martindale-Hubbell. This document is intended for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance.

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