Do you have a succession plan for your business?

September 12, 2022 - __Marketing HQ

A succession plan would detail the business owner’s desires with respect to the management of the business and the disposition of their shares. This is very important because business owners devote a significant amount of time, energy and, in most cases, their own money to building their business. If you’re contemplating a sale to a third party or a transition to family or employees, setting goals, having a vision and developing a formalized business succession plan are critical for success.

Power of Attorney

October 24, 2022 - __Marketing HQ

While a Will ensures that your assets are dealt with according to your wishes at the time of death, a Continuing (or Enduring) Power of Attorney for Property can provide for the proper management of your property and financial affairs during your lifetime, should you become mentally incapable or have to be absent for an extended period of time. Accordingly, a Power of Attorney for property is an important part of a complete financial plan.

Probate Fees and Taxes

October 11, 2022 - __Marketing HQ

While there are no death or estate taxes in Canada, provincial probate fees (also referred to as probate taxes) may be imposed on the value of parts of a deceased’s estate assets. This article explains the process, advantages, and costs of probate, and provides strategies to minimize probate taxes with probate-planning strategies.

Estate Planning for Women

November 2, 2022 - __Marketing HQ

Nadia runs a successful consulting business in downtown Calgary. It struggled a bit during the pandemic, but is rebounding nicely. Recently divorced, Nadia lives with her three school-aged children and is also a part-time caregiver to her ailing mother who lost her husband to cancer three years ago. A typical day for Nadia is one of constant juggling between her duties as an entrepreneur, mother, and caregiver. And she is not alone.

Importance of Estate Planning

November 2, 2022 - __Marketing HQ

You have devoted yourself to providing for your family and saving for a comfortable retirement, but have you also planned for what would happen if you were no longer around to take care of things or if you became incapacitated? While there are a number of legitimate reasons for avoiding the issue – ranging from “I don’t have time” to “it’s a difficult topic to think about” – estate planning is too important to ignore.

Preparing Your Last Will and Testament

September 2, 2022 - __Marketing HQ

The attached article – Preparing Your Last Will and Testament – explains various aspects of Will preparation including, the importance of appointing an appropriate executor, life events that warrant a Will review and the use of testamentary trusts.

The funding of a Canadian life insurance policy is a common strategy for Canadian residents with excess liquidity who are looking for a tax-effective investment vehicle. However, when there is a U.S. person in the family, there are specific U.S. income and estate tax issues that should be considered.

Dynasty Trusts for Your U.S. Beneficiaries

September 12, 2022 - __Marketing HQ

Dynasty trusts are generally established by wealthy Americans to protect and preserve their wealth for the benefit of future generations. While you may be a Canadian resident and not a U.S. person, if you will be leaving a significant inheritance to a child or other beneficiary who lives in the U.S. (or is considered a U.S. person for U.S. tax purposes), you may want to consider establishing a U.S. dynasty trust.

U.S. Citizens Living in Canada

September 12, 2022 - __Marketing HQ

Many U.S. citizens have lived in Canada most of their lives and often think of themselves as Canadians. This may be true in terms of national pride and culture; however, their U.S. citizenship means they must fulfil their U.S. income tax filing requirements. U.S. citizenship is acquired by being born in the U.S. or being born to U.S. citizen parents, and often the tax implications of being a U.S. citizen are overlooked. The U.S. imposes income tax on the worldwide income of U.S. persons, including U.S. citizens, U.S. residents and Green Card holders, regardless of where they reside. As a result, U.S. persons have annual U.S. income tax filing and reporting requirements that exist regardless of where they call home, and how much time

As a Canadian you may be unaware that your estate could be impacted by U.S. estate tax if you own U.S. securities or U.S. real estate. This article highlights the potential U.S. estate tax implications that could apply to Canadian estates and suggests a number of planning opportunities to help Canadians minimize these taxes. The strategies discussed in this article apply to individuals who are tax residents of Canada and are not U.S. citizens or taxed as a U.S. person. All amounts quoted are in U.S. dollars.