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Do common law spouses have the right to share in an estate where there is no will?

Not really. Common law spouses don’t have the right to share in an estate under the Succession Law Reform Act although some common law spouses may be able to claim against an estate for dependent’s relief. Common law spouses need wills even more than married spouses do.

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