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Your Estate Plan – Getting Started

Depending on the complexity of your estate, you may require the services of a lawyer, a Investment advisor, an accountant, an insurance agent or a trust officer.

Developing a complete estate will require much more than a will. Depending on your personal situation, you will need to consider a combination of the following components

WILL:

The core document in your estate plan that identifies an executor, distributes your assets and names a guardian for your children if they are still minors.

TRUST:

is established to take care of assets you don’t want transferred immediately after your death or to manage investments for beneficiaries who are incapable of doing so themselves.

LIFE INSURANCE:

Can help ensure your heirs aren’t negatively impacted by their inheritance, or to pay your funeral expenses or final taxes.

POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR PROPERTY:

Allows a trusted family member or friend to make financial decisions for you should you become incapacitated, but only while you’re alive.

POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR PERSONAL CARE:

Allows someone close to you to make medical decisions based on your own previously expressed wishes.

LIVING WILL:

Sets out your preferences for medical care if you’re unable to express them yourself. This concerns continuing life support and similar important decisions.

ORGAN DONOR CARDS:

Is an official statement of whether you would like your organs to be donated to someone who would benefit from a transplant. You will also need to discuss this with your family as doctors may need their consent as well.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

Helps decide how you would like to be remembered.

BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLAN:

Decides what will happen with a business you own in part or whole. There are complex rules regarding selling a business or passing it to heirs.

TAX PLANNING:

In Canada there are no “estate taxes” – taxes owed on the entire value of an estate. However, your estate may be subject to probate or income taxes. These are paid out of your estate, reducing the amount paid to your heirs. Probate and taxes are foremost considerations

The information provided is general in nature and is intended to highlight various tax planning issues. This information should not be relied upon, not construed as legal or tax advice. Readers should consult with their advisors, lawyer, and tax professionals for advice before employing any of these strategies.

DundeeWealth Inc., its subsidiaries, or its affiliates, including DWM Securities Inc., does not provide any income tax preparation service and does not supervise or review any income tax returns.

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