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Currently, a marriage or common-law relationship invalidates an existing will. If passed, the amendments would put that to an end. Wills would have to be altered if the spouses want to change how their assets are handled, except in cases where an existing will makes allowance for a prospective marriage.
“This is a change that affects every single married or common-law couple in the entire province,” said Sarauer. “And as a result, that’s a pretty big change.
“If you were single or were divorced and you had made a will and then you get married, you will have to make a new will, because the one that you made before no longer will hold up.”
She said the NDP will be keeping a close eye on that part of the bill and consulting with stakeholders.