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The Law Commission of Ontario: Simplified Procedures for Small Estates: Final Report

On November 19, 2015, The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released  its final report in its Simplified Procedures for Small Estates project.

The LCO recommendations propose that Ontario create a small estates process for estates valued up to $50,000. The report recommended a range of legal supports as part of a small estates procedure that could be tailored to the value and relative complexity of particular estates. The report concluded that the ease and affordability of  recommended processes should bring many more small estates within the protection of the probate system.

Launched in September 2007, the LCO is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Ministry of the Attorney General, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is also supported by Ontario’s law schools. It receives funding and in-kind assistance from York University.



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