New Ontario Court forms that come into force Jan 1st that will impact on wills & estates lawyers
New Ontario Court forms come into force on January 1, 2022. The amended forms, now available on the Ontario Court Forms website, have a simplified format and helpful instructions. Old forms will not be accepted after January 1, 2022, unless the court orders otherwise. The rule and form amendments also include consequential amendments prompted by recent amendments to the Succession Law Reform Act regarding the spousal entitlement and the effect of marriage on a prior will. For more information, see: Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure) (OntarioCanada.com))
Lawyers affected by these form changes should familiarize themselves with the forms now, train your staff, and diarize to transition to filing the new forms on January 1st. For work in progress where you expect to file in the new year, use the new forms now, and file in 2022.