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If I don’t have a will, will the government will take everything when I die?

No. If there are any persons who are next of kin, the Ontario Succession Law Reform Act provides that the next of kin will inherit the estate (after debts are paid). The persons who will inherit are specified with precision in that Act. However, since you may want your estate to go to persons other than those specified in the Act, or in different proportions, you should make a will to ensure your wishes are carried out.

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