Setting up an estate

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An estate is a legal process for dealing with the property of the deceased, including WCB compensation, after death. Learn what an estate is, how it works and suggestions on how to set up an estate.

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When a worker is fatally injured as a result of a workplace injury, the worker’s family can get support from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), as outlined in The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.

Burial support

As soon as it’s decided that the death is a result of a work-related injury, the WCB makes a lump sum payment to the worker’s estate to help with the necessary expenses stemming from the death of the worker, including burial. If the death happens away from the worker’s home community, the cost of transporting the body could also be covered.

What is an estate?

An estate is a legal process for dealing with the property of the deceased, including WCB compensation, after death. For more information, visit the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench website. Also consult with a lawyer and your financial institution.

Additional resources available from the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan:

  • a death in the family
  • wills and estates

Additional WCB compensation

If you are the spouse of a worker who died as a result of a work injury, you may qualify for additional compensation. Read more about spousal benefits. 

The WCB offers support to families of a worker who has died as a result of a work injury. Read more about counselling support for fatally and catastrophically injured workers.

For more information, or to find out if you qualify for compensation, contact your WCB case manager or call 1.800.667.7590.

Contact

Contact information

The WCB is committed to helping you. We are available to answer your questions.

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