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Tracking Ontario’s estate law reform

Ontario’s 2019 budget successfully proposed eliminating probate tax on estates valued under $50,000 as of Jan. 1, 2020 — thereby kicking off a series of estate law reforms in the province. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the pace of change, with permanent virtual will witnessing just one of the reforms that was enacted.

May 3, 2021

It’s official: marriage no longer revokes a will in Ontario

Bill 245 has received royal assent, which also means that Ontario is a substantive compliance province and virtual will witnessing is permanent

  • May 3, 2021 May 4, 2021
  • 17:33

Courts could save invalid wills if Ontario bill passes

Most Canadian provinces already grant this power to the courts, but some estate experts argue changing the law could lead to unintended consequences

  • March 11, 2021 March 19, 2021
  • 12:19

Ontario survivors could now receive more if their spouses die without a will

Ontario raised preferential share to $350,000 as of Mar. 1

  • March 8, 2021 March 19, 2021
  • 15:01

Marriage won’t revoke a will under proposed Ontario legislation

Bill 245 would also make virtual will witnessing permanent

  • February 18, 2021 March 19, 2021
  • 15:53

Ontario raises small estate limit to $150,000

Small estates can access a simplified probate process

  • February 12, 2021 March 19, 2021
  • 14:00

Ontario allows probate applications by email

The change is meant to address "perennial" backlog issues

  • October 15, 2020 March 19, 2021
  • 15:43

Ontario consults on estate law reform

Province considering whether to allow virtual document signing permanently and whether marriage should still revoke a will

  • August 28, 2020 March 19, 2021
  • 16:06

Provinces allow legal documents to be signed virtually

Rule change comes in response to Covid-19

  • April 16, 2020 March 19, 2021
  • 16:20

Ontario provides probate tax relief

The provincial budget proposes to eliminate estate administration tax on estates valued under $50,000

  • April 12, 2019 March 19, 2021
  • 12:22