The Wills and Succession Act consolidated the Wills Act, Intestate Succession Act, Survivorship Act, Dependants Relief Act and section 47 of the Trustee Act.
This single Act specifies how and to whom property is transferred when a person dies, making Alberta’s succession legislation easier to use and understand.
The Wills and Succession Act came into effect on February 1, 2012 (except section 117).
The Wills and Succession Act has these key highlights:
Amendments to the Surrogate Rules arising out of the Wills and Succession Act prescribe a number of forms and procedures. Please see the Queen’s Printer website for the Order in Council, which includes the text of the Surrogate Rules Amendment Regulation (including forms).
To obtain a copy of the Act, you can visit the Alberta Queen’s Printer website at http://www.qp.alberta.ca/ or contact them at the following address:
Alberta Queen’s Printer
7th floor Park Plaza
10611 98 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 2P7
Note: The Government of Alberta cannot give legal advice. If you have questions about preparing or amending your will, please contact your lawyer.
A will that is out of date could create more problems than it solves. Laws change, personal and financial circumstances change, and new developments arise with respect to financial resources and estate planning. It is a good idea to review your will with your lawyer on a regular basis to make sure it does what you want it to do!