Ontario Makes It Easier To Manage Small Estates

Published on February 19, 2021

Simplifying the small estates process is absolutely critical to easing the burden for residents of Mississauga-Malton when letting a loved one go.

We understand it is incredibly heart-wrenching to lose a loved one. It is an experience no one wishes to undergo, and is filled with many difficult decisions.

Aside from financial considerations, there may also be a seemingly endless, complex web of forms, terminology, and courts. Many individuals do not even bother claiming small estates, due to the cumbersome procedures.

Our government wants the processes to work for you and your family. We are of the firm belief that estate planning does not have to be overwhelming, confusing, or costly.

That is why we are bringing forward the “Smarter and Stronger Justice Act” - to make the process simpler and easier in order to help families in difficult times.

Effective April 1st, these actions include:

  • Removing the requirement to post an estate bond for most small estate probate applications to ensure short-term financial considerations do not prevent families from securing the assets they deserve
  • Setting the limit for a small estate to be $150 000, as we believe we should not be treating a $100 000 estate the same as a $10 000 000 estate.
  • Allowing for a new, simpler application form for ease-of-filling-out
  • Guiding applicants on how to file a probate application for a small estate

“The last thing people want to worry about when they have lost a loved one is stacks of needlessly complicated paperwork,” said MPP Deepak Anand. “I am extremely proud that our government is modernizing and simplifying the justice system, allowing families to avoid time-consuming and costly proceedings.”

“As your local Member of Provincial Parliament, I want to be sure our government is there for you in the direst of times, allowing you to focus on what really matters – comforting each other as you prepare to say goodbye to someone dear to you.”

For the full press release from the Ontario Government, please visit the following.

Modernizing Our Legal System: 

This initiative is just one of many introduced by our government to modernize our legal system to better serve every-day Ontarians.

The well-being and accelerating growth of our communities demands easier and faster access to justice, especially as the pace of technological advances here in Ontario rapidly increase.

Since taking office, among other items, our government has made life easier by:

  • Electronic filing for more than 400 types of civil and family court documents through the Justice Services Online platform.
  • The ability to dispute traffic tickets and other provincial offences remotely by audio or video where available.
  • Making it easier for cyberbullying victims to sue offenders convicted of the offence of non-consensual distribution of an intimate image
  • Prioritizing the interests of Ontarians in class action lawsuits so they receive faster, more transparent and more meaningful compensation and access to justice

This is in addition to changes proposed by the Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021, which if passed, will:

  • Permanently allow the virtual witnessing of wills and powers of attorney to make it easier for people to get these important affairs in order, without the limitations of travelling to access these services in-person.
  • Promote the interests of children by giving them a greater voice in the court process, and better focusing resources of the Office of the Children's Lawyer.
  • Increase access to justice in French by expanding and guaranteeing the ability of Francophones to file documents in French at all Ontario courthouses and for all matters, including civil and family law.

The people of Mississauga-Malton deserve a justice system that is fair, modern, and accessible to all. The above changes are just a series of steps that our government is taking to allow for a system that works for the people.

How can we help?

Navigating the complex web of procedures needed after you have lost a loved one does not have to be an experience done alone – our office stands ready to help.

In the last year alone, MPP Anand has personally assisted his constituents in understanding and facilitating the process of repatriating the body, engaging in burial proceedings, and breaking down the jargon used frequently in these types of proceedings.

If you or someone you know has lost a loved one, please feel free to reach out to our Office at (905) 696 0367 to see how we may assist you during these troubling times. We are sincerely sorry for loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Office of MPP Deepak Anand