Blended Families in Comparative Succession Law


Pavillon Chancellor-Day NCDH 312, 3644, rue Peel, Montréal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Each summer, the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law organizes a series of seminars to promote research of students from McGill and elsewhere.  Attendance is open to all.  For this presentation, we welcome Laura Cárdenas (Université McGill).


(En anglais seulement) Intestate regimes determine the way an individual’s property is divided upon their death if they do not have a valid will, planning for the distribution of this property to their family in accordance with the rules set out by the regime. In many jurisdictions, intestate succession regimes are still struggling to find ways to accommodate the relationships that arise out of blended families, a reality that is increasingly present. This presentation examines some of the different ways blended families are affected by intestate succession regimes in the Canadian common law and Quebec civil law. Comparisons will be drawn with foreign jurisdictions such as England, Scotland, and France to examine how reforms to intestate succession regimes in these countries have affected blended families.


(En anglais seulement) Laura Cárdenas is in her final year in the BCL/LLB program at McGill. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal, vol. 62 and has worked as a research assistant for many professors in the areas of property law and liberalités. Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from Concordia University and a Masters in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is interested in the areas of comparative private law, estates and trusts, and property law.

No registration necessary. Refreshments will be served. For more information, write to centre.crepeau [at]