Intestate Succession (What Happens When You Die Without A Will) in Alberta

If you die without a will in Alberta, then your estate gets distributed according to the provisions of Part 3 of the Wills and Succession Act of Alberta. The provisions of the Wills and Succession Act have been set by the government.  So unless you have a will that makes provisions that you decide on, the government decides. Don’t let this happen to you.  Make sure you have a good and valid will prepared by a lawyer.  Call one of the lawyers from estate department today.

Alberta’s Wills and Succession Act, 2010 cW‑12.2 s61 

Part 3 of the Wills and Succession Act of Alberta sets our various provisions that govern in the event that you die without a will.  Here are the major headings of the sections passed under that legislation, plus full text of sections 60 – 62 just to give an idea of some of the provisions of the Act.  Talk to a lawyer. Distribution of Intestate Estates

              58       Definitions

              59       Distribution of intestate estates

              60       Share of spouse or adult interdependent partner if no descendants

              61       Spouse’s or adult interdependent partner’s share if there are descendants

              62       Both spouse and adult interdependent partner

              63       Separated spouse deemed predeceased

              64       Adult interdependent partner also related to the intestate

              65       If no surviving spouse or adult interdependent partner

              66       Per stirpes distribution to descendants

              67       Parentelic distribution if intestate has no descendants

              68       Degrees of relationship

              69       No heirs

              70       Transitional

Share of spouse or adult interdependent partner if no descendants

60   If an individual dies leaving a surviving spouse or adult interdependent partner but no descendants, the entirety of the intestate estate goes to the surviving spouse or adult interdependent partner.

Spouse’s or adult interdependent partner’s share if there are descendants

61(1)  Subject to section 63, if an individual dies leaving a surviving spouse and one or more descendants, or leaving a surviving adult interdependent partner and one or more descendants,                              (a)    the entirety of the intestate estate goes to the surviving spouse or adult interdependent partner, if all of the intestate’s descendants are also descendants of the surviving spouse or adult interdependent partner, or                              (b)    if any of the intestate’s descendants are not descendants of the surviving spouse or adult interdependent partner,                                      (i)    the surviving spouse or adult interdependent partner is entitled to the greater of the prescribed amount or 50% of the net value of the intestate estate, and                                     (ii)    the residue of the intestate estate shall be distributed among the intestate’s descendants in accordance with this Part. (2)  The Minister of Justice and Attorney General may make regulations prescribing an amount for the purpose of subsection (1)(b)(i).

Both spouse and adult interdependent partner

62   Subject to section 63, if an individual dies intestate leaving both a surviving spouse and a surviving adult interdependent partner,                              (a)    1/2 of the share provided by section 61(1)(b)(i) goes to the surviving spouse and the other 1/2 of the share goes to the surviving adult interdependent partner, if the intestate left one or more descendants, or                              (b)    1/2 of the intestate estate goes to the surviving spouse and the other 1/2 of the intestate estate goes to the surviving adult interdependent partner, if the intestate left no descendants.

 

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