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The Importance of Family Meetings for Legacy Planning

Family meetings play a crucial role in planning your legacy, ensuring that all your family members are on the same page when it comes to preserving and passing on wealth, values, and assets. These meetings provide a platform for open communication, fostering understanding and unity among your family members.

By discussing legacy planning in a family meeting setting, everyone has the opportunity to address any potential conflicts or misunderstandings that may arise in the future. This proactive approach helps to clarify your intentions and ensure that everyone’s wishes are considered.

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The Benefits of Family Legacy Planning

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If you are planning your family legacy, you should establish a thoughtful and well-defined framework for decision-making and responsibility among family members. This should be based on shared purpose, mission, and values and is known as a family governance plan.

The plan defines the necessary roles for the management of your wealth and family business and outlines how decisions should be made. A family governance plan can also set out mechanisms for potential future events such as selling a business or assets.

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The Benefits of Estate Planning While You’re Young

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Estate planning is often associated with older individuals who have accumulated significant assets over their lifetime. However, there are numerous benefits to starting your estate planning journey while you’re young. By taking proactive steps now, you can ensure that your assets are protected, and your wishes are carried out in the future.

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How to Manage Inheritance Tax in Canada

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In Canada, there are no taxes that apply directly to inheritances. However, this does not mean that property and assets left to beneficiaries are not taxed.

There is no inheritance tax charged to beneficiaries, but by the time assets are distributed to them taxes have already been paid by your estate.

With proper planning and a fully comprehensive estate plan, including a will, you can manage the tax effect on your estate and maximize the assets passed on to your heirs.

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How to Manage Estate Tax in Canada

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Canada does not have an “estate tax”, unlike some other jurisdictions such as the United States. However, you may not realize that there is a “deemed disposition tax” that applies at the time of your passing.

There are ways to structure your estate plan and/or your will so that this tax can be managed, enabling your beneficiaries to receive the maximum amount possible.

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