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Succession and Posthumously Conceived Children, Report for Discussion 23


This report discusses the position of posthumously conceived children under the law of succession in Alberta and outlines some possible options for reform. It is unlikely that parentage can be established for posthumously conceived children under Alberta`s Family Law Act, and therefore the link for inheritance purposes is missing. Even if parentage could be established, the fact that reproduction occurs sometime after the death of one of the parents brings in other factors affecting whether and […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession Children Family Law
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February 2, 2012

Wills and the Legal Effects of Changed Circumstances, Final Report 98


In its Final Report on Wills, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) makes a number of recommendations for reform of the Wills Act. The main recommendations are in the following areas: “ Changes that Alter or Revoke a Will “ Revocation by Law “ Reviving a Revoked Will “ Admission of Extrinsic Evidence “ Rectification “ Failed Gifts “ Beneficiary Issues “ Ademption by Conversion “ Legal Discrimination Against Children Born Outside Marriage

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession
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August 29, 2010

The Creation of Wills, Report for Discussion 20


This report makes a number of recommendations to reform the Wills Act. It recommends that Alberta courts be given the power to validate a will or an alteration, revocation or revival of a will even if it does not comply with the formalities prescribed by the Wills Act. It also recommends that the age of testamentary capacity remain the same as the age of majority (18 years) so that a minor cannot make a valid will. People […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession
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September 2, 2009

Wills: Non-Compliance with Formalities, Final Report 84


This report recommends that Alberta courts be given power to admit to probate a will or an alteration, revocation or revival of a will that does not comply with the formalities prescribed by the Wills Act. This “dispensing power” could only be exercised if a court is satisfied by clear and convincing evidence that the testator intended to adopt the document as a will, alteration, revocation or revival. The only formal requirement that could not be […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession
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June 29, 2000

Wills: Non-Compliance with Formalities


Wills are occasionally excluded from probate because their execution does not comply strictly with the formalities required by the Wills Act. This paper is to determine whether or not provision should be made for admitting to probate some or all wills that do not strictly comply with the formalities but which testators nonetheless intend to constitute their wills. This paper raises the question of whether or not some provisions should be made that would allow a […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession
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FILE CM8.pdf

December 4, 1999

Wills: Non-Compliance with Formalities


Wills are occasionally excluded from probate because their execution does not comply strictly with the formalities required by the Wills Act. This paper is to determine whether or not provision should be made for admitting to probate some or all wills that do not strictly comply with the formalities but which testators nonetheless intend to constitute their wills. This paper raises the question of whether or not some provisions should be made that would allow […]

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December 1, 1999

Revision of the Surrogate Rules, Final Report 73


This report aims to amend Alberta’s outdated Surrogate Rules, which govern the procedure for the administration of an estate. A complicated, detailed endeavour, it was completed in partnership with the Surrogate Rules Committee, and focused solely on the procedural statutory provisions involved. Substantive provisions are examined in another project now underway. Some recommendations are: That one court have carriage of all applications dealing with the administration of a given estate so that courtroom efficiency is […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession
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May 29, 1996

Revision of the Surrogate Rules, Report for Discussion 10


This report aims to amend Alberta’s outdated Surrogate Rules, which govern the procedure for the administration of an estate. A complicated, detailed endeavour, it was completed in partnership with the Surrogate Rules Committee, and focused solely on the procedural statutory provisions involved. Substantive provisions are examined in another project now underway. Some recommendations are: That one court have carriage of all applications dealing with the administration of a given estate so that courtroom efficiency is […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession
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FILE rfd10.pdf

May 2, 1996

Effect of Divorce on Wills, Final Report 72


In Alberta, divorce has no effect on a will made during marriage. If a person has made a will that leaves everything to their spouse, the will is not automatically revoked or otherwise affected by a subsequent divorce. If the person who made the will dies without changing their will or remarrying, everything would go to their former spouse in accordance with the pre-divorce will. In many Canadian and foreign jurisdictions the result would be […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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November 1, 1994

Survivorship, Final Report 47


This report recommends a new rule to cover the case in which property is to go to B on A’s death and there is doubt which of them died first. The Alberta Survivorship Act currently provides that in cases of doubt the older of the two will be deemed to have died first. This report proposes a new rule that B, the beneficiary, would be deemed to have died first unless it can be proved that he […]

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August 1, 1986