Trust and Estate Planning
Estate planning assures that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your assets and guarantees your legacy is distributed according to your wishes. Our advisors are here to help you with the planning process, providing you with peace of mind, knowing your loved ones will be taken care of in the event you are no longer able.
Wills and Powers of Attorney
Over 50 percent of Canadians do not have a Will or Power of Attorney. Some may think they are too young, have minimal assets, or little money to justify the legal fees associated with drawing up a Will and Powers of Attorney. One needs to consider the consequences of not having these documents in place beforehand. The fees your loved ones must pay, for the courts to appoint someone as your estate trustee (also referred to as executor), may be more expensive than the legal fees paid now to prepare these documents. It can take months to get court approval for an estate trustee, while in the meantime your money and assets will be frozen. How will this affect your loved ones? What if the courts appoint someone as estate trustee of your estate, or guardian of your children, whom you would not have personally chosen? In the case of death, the beneficiaries of your estate assets will be determined under the Ontario Succession Law Reform Act. Your intended loved ones may not be entitled to your entire estate. Furthermore, family members, whom you would not want to inherit part of your estate assets, could end up with a share.
We recommend that no matter your age or circumstance, you make it a priority to have a Will and Powers of Attorney drawn up, sooner than later. If you need assistance in getting started with the planning process, prior to meeting with your lawyer, contact Betty Anne Flynn, Certified Financial Planner, for advice.
Selecting the Right Estate Trustee/Executor
You’ve spent your lifetime acquiring and safeguarding assets. Naming a family member or friend as executor may not always be the best choice. In certain circumstances, we recommend using the services of a corporate executor. Why? Because dealing with complicated duties, probate matters, claims and debts can be overwhelming. The list of duties is long and there is the potential for personal liability that can be incurred by executors. With the help of our partner, Concentra Trust, you can name your executor, plan your estate and ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Concentra can handle all of that, in an impartial, efficient and caring manner.
Being named as executor is a serious commitment. It can be a new and challenging experience, often charged with emotion and complicated by the process of grieving. In addition, there are personal liabilities that come with the role of estate trustee. If you’ve been appointed as estate trustee it’s important to ensure you execute your duties with care and due diligence along with complete knowledge and understanding of the process. Where do you begin? Concentra Trust can offer executors a little or a lot of help, whatever’s needed at the time. Their team is professional, compassionate and understanding. Together with you, they will focus on the things that matter most. Their program is called Executor EASE.
What is Executor EASE?
If you don’t have the time, expertise or desire to fulfill your role in the administration of an estate, our partner, Concentra Trust, is here to offer their service through Executor EASE. Working directly with the executor, Concentra customizes their solutions to fit the executor’s needs through a menu-based administration service. The flexibility allows executors to pick only the services they need; that may include preparation of the probate application or assistance with all executor duties. Concentra’s team works with estates of all sizes and can be retained at any time during the estate settlement process.
At Member Savings, we can sit down with you and offer advice on your Home, Auto, Family, Leisure, or Retirement related events. We have dedicated professionals trained to deal with whatever curve balls life may throw your way. Whether it’s preparing for the unexpected costs that inevitably come up or planning out short and long-term goals, we are here to help.
We can provide you with tools to show the home you can afford, compare mortgage terms and review finance options. Find out what type of vehicle you can afford. Depending on your budget and lifestyle, compare leasing vs. buying a car, new or used, luxury or more practical.
Going on vacation, getting married or having children, our dedicated financial planner is here to help with unexpected events helping you re-examine your financial situation. And of course, retirement advice. When you are ready to make a plan, come talk to us.