Who signs a T183 for deceased if there's no will or executor?

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There are laws of intestacy in Ontario, but those seem to deal only with the distribution of an estate. Nevertheless, the primary persons who would apply to be the estate trustee in that kind of situation would be first the spouse, and secondly the next of kin in order of birth. I would expect you could use that as a template for having the spouse sign the T183 or, if there is no spouse (and that includes a common law partner) then the next of kin being the oldest surviving child. If there are neither children nor a spouse, then I would expect the parents or a caretaker (see next sentence) would be next in line. I can picture that last scenario for the case of a disabled adult who never married and was basically looked after by a parent or some other relative. Probably one of them would have had Power of Attorney. Come to think of it, someone with a POA would probably jump to the top of the ladder ahead of spouses and children..

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