What Happens When Your Spouse Dies

This script discusses what happens when your common-law relationship ends because of the death of your partner. Topics include pension and survivor benefits, the inheritance rights of children, your rights if your partner left a will or didn’t leave a will, and custody of children.

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The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)
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last reviewed
January 2013 i Last date reviewed by a qualified expert to ensure content up-to-date. See "Tips" in Clicklaw content criteria (bottom of pageside menu) for details.

Also available in:

Chinese (simplified) (PDF)
Mandarin (audio/podcast)

resource type
common-law relationship, death of a partner, Canada Pension Plan (CPP), inheritance, dying without a will, custody guardianship, access, guardianship of children, Dial-A-Law
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