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Do children of a testator –ie where there is a will-- have the right to share equally in the estate?

No they don’t, at least not in Ontario. The testator can leave the property unequally or leave nothing to his or her children. However, where the children are financially dependent on the testator, and not adequately provided for in the will, they, or someone acting on their behalf, might claim against the estate under the dependent relief provisions of the Succession Law Reform Act.

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