In Ontario, where a person dies without a valid will, they are said to have died “intestate.” When a person dies intestate, the Ontario Succession Law Reform Act stipulates that the deceased’s spouse is entitled to a “preferential share” of his or her estate. Presently the preferential share is $200,000.00. As such, if the deceased’s

Part 4 of the Succession Law Reform Act (“SLRA”) answers this question in the affirmative.

The SLRA provides that, in the event that a person dies, with or without a will, in circumstances where the deceased has not made adequate provision for the support of a dependent, the dependent may initiate a proceeding against the