Distribution of your estate will be governed by legislation: the Succession Law Reform Act:

  • Spouse gets preferential share in the amount of the first $200,000 in value of the estate; then the residue is divided between the spouse and surviving children, as follows:
    • If only one child, then the residue is divided 50-50
    • If more than one child, then spouse is entitled to one third, and the remaining two-thirds is divided equally among the children
  • If there is no spouse and no children, then in the order of priority to:
    • the surviving parents;
    • to siblings;
    • nieces and nephews
    • “next-of-kin” as defined in the Succession Law Reform Act