How to deal with a step-parent who refuses to share their partner’s will
posted on January 10, 2018
“Sometimes, surviving spouses refuse to divulge the terms of the Will or even if one exists at all. Imagine the frustration. The children, then, are unsure if they are beneficiaries, whether their deceased parent had a reciprocal Will or a mutual Will that imbues the surviving spouse with a trust, or even what the assets are. There are some things potential beneficiaries can do themselves to learn of possible assets and the existence of a Will.”
Ideally, when a parent who has re-married passes away, their spouse will make sure that their will, assuming one exists, is shared with any biological children that are left behind.
However, this might not always be the case.
If the relationship between the step-parent and the children is strained, the situation can become complex and if you are in a similar spot, preparation might be a good idea.
The Elder Law Group has published a brief but informative article pointing to ways in which the children can gain access to the information in their parent’s will through the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Click here to read the full article and begin learning more about what you can do to navigate this difficult situation.
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