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Not naming an executor in a will can add cost, complexity and family conflict

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 9:18 AM | By Matthias Duensing

Each year, 90,000 individuals die in Ontario alone, leaving behind tens of thousands of estates to be administered by family members, friends, professionals, or — in rare cases — the government. While there is any number of reasons why it’s advantageous to name an executor in a will, many people never do so.

Approximately half of Canadians do not have a will. In the event that a person dies intestate, the law then decides who acts as the trustee. As the recent case Potrzebowski v. Potrzebowski...