People who cannot inherit

In your will, you can bequeath property to anyone you choose. However, bequests to certain people, in certain situations, will be null and void. The following people cannot inherit from you:

  • the notary who prepared your will;
  • the spouse, children or parents of the notary, and certain other members of his or her family;
  • the person who witnessed your will;
  • the owner or administrator of the hospital or residential centre at which you are staying, if you make your will while receiving care or services there, unless the person concerned is your spouse or a close relative;
  • the nurse, physician and certain other paid employees who took care of you at the hospital or residential centre at which you are staying, if you prepare your will while receiving care or services there, unless the person concerned is your spouse or a close relative.

People who are unworthy

Bequests to certain other people may also be revoked. They include:

  • any person who has made an attempt on your life;
  • any person who has concealed, altered or destroyed your will in bad faith.

These people may still inherit from you if you name them as heirs after you become aware of their actions.

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