Dying without a Will


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If you do not leave any traceable next of kin, your estate goes to the provincial government and is used for universities to provide funding for scholarships or fields of research. The Wills and Succession Act does not consider the needs of each particular family and some unfair situations may result.

A surviving parent may go through needless inconvenience when the other parent dies without a will. As a result, a parent or guardian with small children may only be allowed to use that money if he or she applies to the Public Trustee each time she needs money to buy something for the children.

The Public Trustee invests the money held in trust, and charges an administrative fee for acting as trustee for the children. When the surviving spouse is elderly and the children of the deceased are adults who are able to earn a living, it may be the case that the surviving spouse needs the inheritance more than the adult children do.

However, without a will, the estate will not necessarily pass entirely to the surviving spouse. This problem could be avoided by making a will which would leave the entire estate to the surviving spouse. If you do not have any traceable relatives, you probably still wish to decide what happens to your estate when you die. You may prefer to leave your estate to a charitable organization or a friend rather than to the provincial government. You can state your preference in a will. If you leave any portion if your estate to a charitable organization, your estate will receive a tax benefit as a result of the donation.

Alberta has additional legislation that affects what happens to your estate if you die without a will. Under the Dower Act, a homestead is the land upon which there is a dwelling house occupied by the owner that is the deceased spouse, prior to his or her death , as longs as there are no joint owners on title to the land. The surviving spouse is allowed to occupy the dwelling house during his or her lifetime, or can rent the land and receive the income.

This is the case regardless of the terms of the will or the provisions of the Wills and Succession Act. If you die without a will and the share going to your dependent family members under the Wills and Succession Act is not enough for their proper maintenance and support, your dependent family members may apply to the court for more money.

The judge, in such cases may make changes as he or she sees fit. According to the Family Maintenance and Support provisions of the Wills and Succession Act, dependent family members include your spouse or adult interdependent partner, children under the age of 18, and children over the age of 18 who are unable to earn a living due to a mental or physical disability. These provisions also apply where a will is made but does not make adequate provision for dependent family members.

If you leave a will, you can specifically address the individual needs of your spouse and minor or disabled children. They don't care about the land. It's the only way. Out the window, Vancouver's shoreline appeared from behind the clouds. The ocean and the mountains in the summer evening sun looked soft and gentle, such a striking contrast to the barren landscape of the oil sands.

That tar gets on your hands and you can't get it off. The worse part is when it gets in your car and off-gases for days, he said. The Fraser River glimmered in the sun as the plane angled down. He shook his head, as if to cast off a veil of disbelief at the beauty unfurling.

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