A valid will establishes how the deceased’s estate is to be distributed upon death. If death occurs without a valid will, the person has died “intestate” meaning they have died without establishing instructions of how to distribute their estate. In this eventuality, the deceased’s property is divided to surviving relatives according to Ontario’s Succession Law Reform Act.
We are not able to provide financial or legal advice. For more information on wills and estates, please visit the Ministry of the Attorney General website. You can also speak to a tax professional or estate lawyer for advice related to the handling of an estate.