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.
There are many things that can affect the execution of a will. The issue that lawyers, family trust officers and accountants say is the biggest threat to estate planning is family conflict. Without considering this issue and effectively communicating plans, many Ontario estates can get caught up in estate litigation.
The executor, or estate trustee, of your will is the person who will administer your estate as per your instructions. This individual will be responsible for settling any debts, closing your accounts and dividing the remainder of your estate between your surviving beneficiaries.
When loved ones fall ill or lose their mental capacity, family and friends often rally to their sides to look out for their interests. However, it can be hard for everyone to agree on what decisions are in the best interests of the incapacitated person.
The elder law section of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) was launched as a response to the growing number of boomers heading into their golden years. Now the group explains the type of issues they will be addressing, and how they hope to protect elder rights related to financial decisions and end-of-life planning.
Wills are created, in part, to leave your remaining possessions as you wish to family and friends after you pass. However, shortcomings within the will, such as a lack of specific instructions, are only realized after the testator has passed away.
An estate trustee might not be able to start administering the estate right away. A death certificate might have to be provided together with a certificate of appointment of estate trustee (with or without a will), previously known as probate certificate.
You've taken the important step of creating a last will and testament, so now you can put the matter behind you for good. Right? Not necessarily.
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.
It's an issue that we occasionally revisit because of its increasing importance in modern estate planning. We're talking about planning your digital legacy.