Adult child, 51, successfully sues estate of deceased mother in Dependants Relief Act claim in Alberta

A 51 year old son of an Alberta woman who died leaving her entire estate to charity successfully sued her estate on the basis that he was a dependant under the Dependants Relief Act of Alberta. The claimant suffered from Hepatitis C which he acknowledged may have been contracted from unprotected sex or from doing drugs. He cited his health as the reason for not having worked since 2005 and was receiving social assistance. The court held that the deceased owed both a legal and moral obligation to her son during her lifetime and at her death and owed neither to her chosen beneficiary under the will.