New booklet for when someone dies without a will

October 23, 2020

We’ve released a new booklet, When Someone Dies Without a Will. Losing a loved one is hard, and particulary if they didn't have a will. This publication guides those left behind through practical things that need to be taken care of, like arranging the funeral and notifying others of the death. It also explains who should get the deceased’s things, and the legal steps that must be taken to deal with the deceased's assets.

When Someone Dies Without a Will offers practical, easy-to-understand guidance during a difficult time. We’ve included tips, user stories, visuals, and step-by-step explanations. The information is current to July 2020. 

This new title accompanies the more in-depth content available on our website, which includes enhanced step-by-step guidance and links to key forms. 

The booklet is available as a PDF. If you wish to order multiple copies of the print booklet, you can do so from Crown Publications

Many thanks to our legal reviewer Lynda Cassels for reviewing this content for legal accuracy.

This website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names have been changed. See our full disclaimer.

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