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Three Ways to Keep Your Estate Plan Flexible

Starting a new year is always a good time to ensure that your personal affairs are in order, including your estate plan. Not only is it important to have an up-to-date will and powers of attorney, but it is important to have an estate plan which can, to the extent possible,

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An Elegy to 2020

As we wind down this most unprecedented, uncharted, and unreal year in memory, it might be a good time to reflect on some important truths and essentials as 2021 is on our doorstep, but with hope now in sight as the vaccines start to roll out. The COVID-19 pandemic has

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An Update on Virtual Witnessing and Electronic Wills

One of the most common questions our clients ask is whether they can sign their Wills and Powers of Attorney with an electronic signature. Our lives are getting busier, our goal of reducing paper waste is more focused, and clients are understandably questioning the historically strict formalities of executing estate

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5 Misconceptions About Appointing U.S. Persons as Executors

Many people think that they can’t appoint a family member (often their child residing in the U.S.) or friend who is a U.S. resident or citizen as the executor of their estate because it will cause too many complications, or perhaps they may have received advice from a source that

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Should Canada Have a Wealth Tax: Lessons Learned

In my prior blog of March 3, 2020, “Inheritance Tax, Wealth Tax and More Capital Gains Tax: The Future of Canadian Taxation”, I raised the issue of whether new forms of tax might be introduced on the Canadian scene, including an inheritance tax or an annual wealth tax. My blog

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Are Your U.S. Securities Giving You the Security You Thought?

Canadians who own U.S. securities may be surprised to find out that their investments may be exposing themselves to a tax as high as 40% on death. Without proper planning, an individual’s U.S. investments may be subject to U.S. estate tax, which will not provide the anticipated or desired result.

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