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Planning an estate isn’t just for millionaires
Everyone should have a proper estate plan in place to ensure their financial matters are resolved quickly and to make sure their family and loved ones lose as little as possible to taxation. We can help you take care of all of the details – that’s what we are here for.
The most important part of estate planning is ensuring that you have a valid, up-to-date will.
If you die without one, the government will distribute your estate in accordance with provincial law. Only a will can ensure your wishes are fulfilled.
The safest way to create a will is to work with an expert, as many do-it-yourself packages can leave details open to legal interpretation. Your will should be updated periodically in consultation with a professional advisor, especially as you acquire new assets or welcome a new addition to the family. You should also be aware that if you get married, your existing will becomes invalid.
It’s more complicated than simply dividing your assets among your heirs.
You’ll need to determine a few important details first.
Then you need to decide on your goals.
Gifting assets before your death and establishing trusts are two good ways to help protect your assets from taxation. However, keep in mind that both strategies can be complicated by the individual tax circumstances of your survivors. We understand no one looks forward to planning their estate. We also know how important it is to you and your family that it’s done right.