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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Domestic violence and disinheritance

Should an abusive spouse be barred by law from inheriting from the spouse he or she abused? What an interesting question! According to, this issue is being discussed among estate planning lawyers in Ontario.

In particular, they are talking about cases in which the abused spouse left a will that disinherited the abuser. This contradicts the usual law of estates which in general does not allow one spouse to completely disinherit the other.

Currently Canadian law says that nobody can inherit from the estate of someone they have killed. But our law doesn't say anything about someone they have abused.

Click here to read the article. Also, please vote in a new poll that I've put up about this question on the right hand side of my blog.

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