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September 2016 Archives

What are the common causes of estate litigation?

While for many people family is the most important thing in life, it can be difficult sometimes to idealize family dynamics. Every family is different, and when life is shaken by the loss of a loved one, sometimes family members experience bitter conflict for a number of reasons.

Selling the home to fund retirement: Some things to consider

There are numerous types of investments that can bolster one's retirement portfolio, but for many people, their largest investment is in their home. For some homeowners, it may make sense to cash in on the principle residence and add the proceeds to the retirement nest egg.

Don't let an ambiguous estate plan cause conflict among beneficiaries

The question of how to cover estate taxes is a common dilemma in estate planning. With that in mind, one thing you may want to avoid is saddling one of your beneficiaries with the tax bill while essentially allowing another beneficiary to avoid estate taxes altogether. This situation could produce heart-rending conflict among your beneficiaries.

Should I stop funding my retirement to pay for my grandchild's education?

As a parent or grandparent, you may be wondering about the surest and most efficient way to pay for your kids' or grandkids' postsecondary education. Given the significant cost, these matters require planning.

Using trusts to meet the needs of blended families

After a divorce or other major life event, updating your estate plan is essential. That means updating your will along with any other plan that names a beneficiary. Such plans include work pensions, RRSPs and insurance policies.