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Monday, June 18, 2018

Married vs common law rights in estate matters

Normally I post things that apply to readers across the country, but in this case the article focuses on Ontario. Please take note of that if you are reading from other provinces! I wanted to post this article despite its being limited in geographic scope because it's very good. It's a really on-point discussion of the differences between being legally married and being in a common law relationship when one of the partners passes away.

The rights of common law partners are different in each province.

My experience with my own clients has been that the differences between legal marriage and common law relationships are not clear to people. They make assumptions about their rights and their partner's rights that are, unfortunately, incorrect and usually not discovered until too late.

Click here to read the article from Advocate Daily.

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