Tag: supporting your spouse

Common-law Spouses – Unjustly Enriched?

Let me describe what the Kerr v Baranow case means for common-law spouses. Common-law spouses do not get property rights unless they make a claim, or are provided for adequately in an estate plan. Common-law spouses must sue their partners’ estate and make a claim for unjust…
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Does Your Will Provide for Your Common-law Spouse?

Did your will give any property or support to your common-law spouse? You can expect lawyers to challenge your estate plan if that amount is inadequate. That’s the point I made during a recent call-in program on Wayne Baxter’s Right On the Money show for Zoomer radio,…
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Common-law Spouses – New Dangers Discovered

Canada’s Supreme Court has issued a wake-up call for common-law spouses. The law has changed based on decisions released February 2011. If you are a common-law spouse, you may not realize it but you have no legislative rights to inherit property in Ontario. In Kerr v. Baranow,…
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