When it comes to distributing assets and fulfilling final wishes upon death, high-valued items are often at risk of becoming most contentious. But, it is important for Ontario executors to consider that value can extend beyond the financial and also include emotional impact. Sentimental items, even those with lesser value in the marketplace, can be a significant cause of issues in estate administration. Here are some tips for executors who may be handling these touchy situations.
Many people are aware that they must plan for the succession of assets like their home, physical belongings and finances in estate plans. But what about those items that exist only in the digital world? Owned websites, accounts, content and digital items such as cryptocurrency can all be worth a significant amount in the digital age. Navigating the legal standards around the succession of digital assets can be an estate administration challenge for Ontario executors.
Many Canadians mistakenly believe that writing a will is a "set it and forget it" exercise. This could not be further from the proof. Regular review, improvements and clarifications are important to in Ontario estate planning. Making some of these updates could save executors from an estate administration challenge down the line.
There is usually many things on the agenda during a meeting between financial advisors and their clients. With investments, budgets, retirement and so much more to talk about, estate planning can often fall to the wayside. However, Ontario financial advisors can and should make time to mention estate planning to their clients in order to save their families from an estate administration headache down the road.
While some wills lay out specific amounts or percentages for different individuals, others have a sole beneficiary. Typically, this is a surviving spouse. But some children find this a challenging prospect, especially if the surviving spouse does not see fit to leave them in the will although the first parent would have done so. How do such cases play out in Ontario estate administration?
Designating beneficiaries can often seem like the most straight-forward part of estate planning. However, common mistakes and misunderstandings can make this foundational part of a plan difficult in estate administration. Here are some beneficiary designation issues that can cause estate administration woes for Ontario executors.
When executors begin their work, the best thing they can have at their disposal is a solid will and documentation. Unfortunately, even those who take the time to put together estate plans can miss a few common but important details. These oversights can be a significant estate administration burden for Ontario executors, so it is important to keep an eye out for them both when preparing and executing plans.
Pets can be a complicated topic when it comes to succession and estate planning. Are they an asset or a liability? Who is prepared to care for the pet should something happen to the owner, and how will they afford the associated expenses? Proper planning can help prevent this from becoming an estate administration nightmare for Ontario owners.
The rise of digital currency has raised many questions in the financial and legal world. One common discussion involves estate planning and estate administration. How can digital assets, including cryptocurrencies, be transferred in the case of someone's death? Ontario planners and executors alike have many questions about the process of distributing digital assets of an estate.
When it comes to wills and estates, it is common for people to leave their assets to a spouse, followed by their children. This traditional structure of passing wealth to children can become complicated in a blended family. While the process of writing and administering a will are similar regardless of family structure, more complex family structures can lead to additional challenges. In these cases, clear consideration and communication are important for seamless estate administration in Ontario.