What to Do in the Event of Death.

Family Patrimony

Ministère de la Justice

If you are married or in a civil union and reside in Québec, you are a legal spouse and are subject to the provisions of the Civil Code of Québec regarding familiy patrimony. You should be aware that the provisions of the Civil Code of Québec regarding family take precedence over wills and any testamentary clauses in marriage or civil union contracts, but do not invalidate them.

In principle, you will receive half of the partitionable value of the family patrimony but not the property itself. If the will does not respect the family patrimony rules, the value of the half of the family patrimony to which you are entitled as the surviving spouse must be deducted from the property bequeathed to the heirs.

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