The Manitoba Law Reform Commission ("the Commission") is considering reforms to the process for the administration of small estates under The Court of Queen’s Bench Surrogate Practice Act. Section 47 of the Act allows the court to dispense with probate or administration in estates valued at $10,000 or less, whether there is a will or not. In other words, an executor or personal representative to an estate can go through a simpler and less expensive process if the estate is relatively small. 

The Commission is interested in hearing from members of the public, the legal profession, community groups, and others in order to make meaningful recommendations to improve the process for the administration of small estates. Please take the time to fill out this survey to provide your thoughts on this issue. Thank you.

The full Consultation Report can found at www.manitobalawreform.ca.

* 1. Please check all that apply:

* 2. The monetary limit for the summary administration of small estates is currently $10,000. This limit has not increased since 1996. What should the monetary limit for the summary administration of small estates be?

* 3. Have you encountered any difficulty administering a small estate? If so, please elaborate. Examples may include obtaining the release of assets from financial institutions or transfers in ownership of personal or real property.

* 4. The process for the summary administration of small estates is designed to be simple and straightforward so that personal representatives do not need a lawyer to navigate the procedure. Please provide any comments on how to make the process for more user-friendly.

* 5. If you have any general comments or suggestions for future law reform projects, please let us know.

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