Is probate an inevitable cost for a surviving spouse?

Callum Sutherland - May 19, 2021
Probate in Ontario is really called Estate Administration Tax (EAT), but everyone refers to it and knows it as probate. Probate is required if: a third party, such as a bank or other financial institution requests it; or legislation requires it be

Why is probate necessary?

Once you have a probate certificate, all third parties, banks and other financial institutions will know the court has validated:

  • the will as the last valid will of the deceased; and
  • the executor of the will.

In short, probate is a safety measure.   

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