Estate Planning

Planning For Tomorrow, Today

By: Susan Gottlieb

Below is the introduction from a larger publication entitled “Estate Planning – Planning for tomorrow, today

By planning for tomorrow today, you can retain more of your assets, protect your estate and leave a lasting legacy for your family.

A common misconception is that only the wealthy need to concern themselves with estate planning.  This misconception can result in significant unnecessary costs for your estate and additional burdens for survivors. In fact, just about everyone can benefit from the development of an estate plan. Young or old, wealthy or middle class, an estate plan can reduce the taxes and expenses of an estate, simplify and speed the transition of assets to your beneficiaries and ensure that beneficiaries are protected.

The purpose of this publication is to provide an overview of the estate planning process and address the main elements of an estate plan. Since some of the issues addressed in this publication vary among provinces and territories, this guide is only intended as a general reference. Your personal estate plan should be prepared with the assistance of professionals such as an estate lawyer (or notary in the province of Quebec) and tax advisor. Ask your RBC advisor for more information about the financial planning issues that may be relevant to your situation. Also, ask your RBC advisor about preparing a financial plan.

It should be stressed that this publication is intended for a Canadian resident who is not a U.S. citizen. If you have dual citizenship or residency in another country, there may be additional strategies and issues you need to consider. Speak to a legal advisor specializing in cross-border estate planning before you act on any of the information provided in this guide.

Due to space limitation, we are unable to reproduce the entire 40-page report, which describes Estate planning in greater detail, covering:

  • Common elements of an estate plan
  • Creating your estate plan
  • Methods of transferring your assets
  • What if you die without a Will?
  • Taxes at death
  • Life insurance
  • Planning for incapacity
  • Where do you go from here?

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