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When someone dies without a will

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If someone dies without a will, they’re said to have died “intestate." The law says how their property will get distributed, and who has the right to “administer” their affairs.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in January 2018
  • Time to read: 6 minutes

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Hugh McLellan, McLellan Herbert

Hugh McLellan, McLellan Herbert

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.

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