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Justice Ontario: Wills, Estates and Trusts

This section of the Ministry of the Attorney General web site has information about wills, estates, and trusts, power of attorney, help for incapable family members, and finding a lawyer.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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What to do when someone dies

This section of the Government of Ontario website has answers to common questions about what to do, and what support is available, when a loved one dies in Ontario. Who to call first, organ and tissue donation, and getting a burial permit are among the topics covered.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Getting an inheritance when you are on Ontario disability benefits

This booklet deals with inheriting money or other property and how it can affect a person’s right to benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program. It explains the rules about assets, income, and payments for disability-related items and services.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Inheriting Property

This is information for people who are inheriting, or think they are entitled to inherit, the property of someone who died. It covers how an estate is distributed with a will, and without a will, proving you are an heir to an estate, finding a will or certificate of estate trustee, and applying for death benefits. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Estates Administration: The Role of the Public Guardian and Trustee

This brochure explains in what circumstances the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) administers an estate, how estates are referred to the OPGT, how the OPGT administers an estate, who is entitled to the money, and how to get further information.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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What is the Office of the Children’s Lawyer?

The Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) and Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) both represent children and youth on legal issues, but they are different organizations doing different things. This JFCY blogpost sorts out the differences.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

Your Law Series: Wills and Estates

In this video, two Ontario lawyers discuss the importance of having a properly drafted will and power of attorney.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law Society of Ontario

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2012

I Want to Cancel my Appointment as Executor

This resource has information about what a person can do if they do not wish to act as the executor of a will. It includes a list of duties an executor might be expected to carry out and discusses who can act in place of an executor.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

North Shore Legal

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

If you die without a will

This article describes some of the problems that can arise when a person dies without a will.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Rural Legal Services

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2007

Estate of a Deceased Indian

This article explains that the Indian Act and Indian Estates Regulations normally govern the estate of a reserve resident who has died. Sometimes, however, the estate may come under the jurisdiction of the courts.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2006