All About Estates

Paul Fensom

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Scotiatrust offers a full range of estate, trust and philanthropic advisory services designed to meet a client’s personal objectives and designed to evolve across a variety of life stages and financial events. Email: paul.fensom@scotiawealth.com

Hidden treasure leads to hidden problems

This Blog was written by: Robert Boyd We have all read articles detailing how people have stash millions of dollars under their mattress or, executors discover vast quantities of gold discovered at the home of a recently deceased individual. From an estate planning perspective, this may come as a huge…

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Promises, Promises…or is that Expectations, Expectations?

This Blog was written by: Gosha Sekhon, LLB A not uncommon occurrence these days finds single adult children residing with an elderly, surviving parent. The parent, more often than not, requires some assistance with their health care, household tasks and the management of their financial affairs. Usually the co-habiting child…

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Tontine – an ‘old’ annuity idea re-visited

As people live longer their cash requirements can increase exponentially. My Blog colleague, Audrey Miller, recently told me that, in Ontario, publically funded Nursing home expenses for a private room start at $30,000 per year and private retirement residences are much more expensive. There are other potential cash requirements such as the expense of personal care…

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You can’t wear two pairs of shoes at a time

This Blog was written by: Robert Boyd To anyone who may have a pang of guilt when approaching the counter at an airport duty free with a bottle under each arm, there was no need, you were indirectly contributing to global education and medical research. Chuck Feeney grew up in…

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Who wants to live forever……………through a digital bot version of themselves?

This Blog was written by Robert Boyd Absurd as the title may suggest, this is a possibility. The technology now exists for a robot to tweet, send and reply to text messages and post on social media profiles after a person’s death. The Artificial Intelligence(AI) will mimic the deceased’s personality…

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Demonetization – Dreams Become Nightmares

This Blog was written by: Gosha Sekhon I recently visited India and thought I would share some interesting information. My family has travelled back to India on numerous occasions since my parents immigrated to Canada in the early 1980s. On this trip, we were surprised to learn about the federal…

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More Tales From the Field

We received a lot of feedback on our Blog last week written by my colleague, Holly Allardyce, about locating estate assets. Readers shared some interesting stories from their experiences as a professional executor about where they have found cash and other assets that their deceased clients hid while they were…

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I Know I Put it Somewhere.

This Blog was written by: Holly Allardyce I once attended a networking event where we all had to name an aspect of our jobs that we enjoy. I volunteered that I liked knowing I had located all of a deceased person’s valuables. The perplexed facilitator asked if I was a…

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Guardianship Decisions – The Sequel

This Blog was written by: Natalie Rouse Last week I wrote about some basic matters to consider when appointing someone as a child’s guardian. The person named as a guardian in a will must have that appointment confirmed in court. Courts are more likely to accept the appointment of a…

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And the Oscar goes to………..

This Blog was written by : Natalie Rouse   The 2017 Oscars are just around the corner and last year’s drama “Manchester By the Sea”, starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, is sitting pretty. It has been nominated for a whopping 6 awards. It also recently won the Golden Globe…

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