Trusts are a tool that Canadians often use to organize their estates. Used correctly, the right trust or trusts can ease estate administration and lower tax or probate costs. In 2001, two new trusts became available to estate planners in Ontario and throughout Canada: alter ego and joint partner trusts.
Family businesses can be a wonderful thing to pass down between generations, but they can also add serious complexities to estate planning. If estate plans are not carefully drafted to account for business-related assets, family businesses run the risk of being dissolved or sold during estate administration or other life events. Those who own Ontario family businesses, such as farms, shops or other enterprises, should consider a few things when planning for the future besides simply who gets what when the primary owner passes away.
Many people consider the financial value of assets when planning the future of their estate, but what about the emotional value? Both money and memories can be tied up in a family cottage, making it a difficult thing to manage when the principal owners are no longer around. For this reason, the family cottage often ends up at the center of heated estate litigation involving Ontario families.
During the process of administering an estate, executors are tasked with sending money to beneficiaries. One thing that can complicate this step in estate administration is beneficiaries who live outside of Ontario, particularly if they are in different countries. An Ottawa executor is currently dealing with issues related to this as $500,000 in bank drafts are being held at the U.S. border.
In the age of PayPal’s, rewards’ programs and kickstarters, securing your digital assets is often overlooked when drafting a will. Providing clear guidelines regarding your digital accounts – including social media accounts – can help you protect your digital assets, as well as your personal details.