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October 2016 Archives

Important to establish powers of attorney prior to incapacity

Illness and incapacity take many families by surprise. A loved one may be rational and coherent one month, but his or her health declines rapidly the next, rendering the loved one unable to make important decisions related to finances and health care.

Naming an executor? Here are some important considerations.

Of all estate-related decisions, choosing an executor is one of the most important. If you choose the wrong person -- someone who turns out to be untrustworthy -- your life's savings could be squandered, and your loved ones could be badly hurt, emotionally and financially.

Trust options for parents of children with disabilities

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) can be a great help to parents of children with disabilities. However, payments from the program end when your child reaches age 65. Additionally, your child's receiving an inheritance can result in the loss of ODSP benefits.