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Amended definition of 'child' in Ontario brings new challenges for estate lawyers

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 12:17 PM | By Jordan Atin

The legal definition of “child” has changed over the years in Ontario. Once only a question of biology, the definition was, naturally, expanded to adopted persons.

But with the advent of reproductive technology that permits sperm, eggs and embryos to be used in the future, new issues arose. A person’s reproductive material could be used after his or her death, and the progeny resulting from that genetic material was not considered that person’s child under the definition in the Succession Law Reform Act.

Now under a...