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What is a Gift?
In McNamee v McNamee, the Ontario Court of Appeal outlined the constituent elements of a legally valid intervivos gift (a gift made during one’s lifetime). For there to be a gift, there must be a: Intention to make a gift on the part of the donor, without consideration or expectation of remuneration; Acceptance of the
Passing of Accounts
Passing of Accounts Estate Trustees are required to keep accurate and up-to-date accounts of the estate or trusts they are administering. Obtaining the court’s approval of these accounts is a process known as “passing of accounts”. The court’s approval is not always required, but in certain circumstances a passing of accounts is necessary. These instances
Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP)
An RESP is an investment vehicle that allows parents to save for their children’s future education beyond high school. The plan is essentially a contract between two parties – the subscriber and the promoter. The subscriber contributes to the plan and the promoter makes payments to the named beneficiaries in the form of educational assistance
How to avoid an estate battle after you die
Inefficient estate planning can cause family feuds leading to costly and time consuming litigation. Various strategies may help to reduce the likelihood of an estate battle after you die. What is Fair? Disputes often result when parents try to be fair in transferring assets to their children. Equally splitting the family business 50/50 among one’s
Funeral Options for Loved Ones
In today’s society, many options exist for families making plans for deceased loved ones. These plans take many factors into account: budget, religious affiliations, environmental concerns, and all with an eye to reflecting the wishes of the deceased. Traditional Options Most people are familiar with traditional funeral services, although even these options can be customized
The role of the executor is complex and can include the following responsibilities for example: Valuing and disposing of real estate and business assets Settling accounts and ensuring creditor obligations are met Settling tax obligations and filings Managing property and personal assets Handling investments Locating and identifying beneficiaries Providing detailed financial accounting to the beneficiaries