Why is a Digital Legacy Important to Your Estate Plan?

You probably think your current estate plan covers all your assets, from real estate or a business to investment accounts, and therefore protects your loved ones and the assets you’ve worked hard to accumulate—but what about your digital assets? In this article, we discuss the definition of digital assets, give examples of what they encompass, and explain why planning for a digital legacy may be an important update to your estate plan.

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You May Be Able To Protect Your Estate Wealth Using These 2 Insurance Strategies

Did you know that a significant risk to Canadian estate wealth lies in the application of deemed disposition by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)?

In an estate planning context, deemed disposition is the assumption (for tax purposes) that the deceased has disposed all of their capital property just before death, thereby crystalizing taxable capital gains on appreciated assets, as well as including the full value of the deceased’s RRSP or RRIF assets in their  taxable income on their terminal return (if spousal rollover is not elected or is not applicable).

The application of such deemed disposition upon your passing, subject to how you have structured your wealth at the time of your passing, may significantly erode your estate wealth. In extreme cases, your executor may be forced to liquidate assets to settle the resulting tax liabilities.

In this article, we describe two insurance solutions which may help you cover the tax which would otherwise be payable by your estate.

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Avoid These 3 Mistakes In Managing Intergenerational Wealth

You have built up significant family wealth, through entrepreneurship or otherwise. Now you wish to allocate it in a meaningful way—to empower future generations and set them up for success. You probably have a vision for the sort of impact you would like to have for generations to come, and perhaps have some idea as to what proportion of your assets beyond your needs you wish to allocate to particular family members. However, there are likely complexities to navigate as you plan out the cascading of this wealth. In this article we highlight 3 key mistakes to avoid in the process of distributing this wealth and in managing it once received.

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