Archive for the ‘Investments’ Category

Valuations for estate planning arrangements: Some Tips and Traps Redux

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Recently I wrote about price adjustment clauses (PACs) in estate plan agreements. In the blog, I noted the fair market value for the purposes of PACs should be based on fair and reasonable methods. In a recent Canadian Tax Foundation bulletin, Richard Wise provided some additional observations on valuations which ...

POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND ALTER EGO TRUSTS

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

My fellow bloggers and I have written in the past about the ins and outs of legitimate probate fee avoidance arrangements available to a testator. These arrangements include an intervivos transfer of assets such as alter-ego trusts. Care and advice must be taken to ensure that the transfer of assets ...

PRICE ADJUSTMENT CLAUSES IN ESTATE PLAN AGREEMENTS

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Many estate plans include a transfer of property (e.g. shares of a privately held corporation) to a company and freeze the value (or price) of the transferred property to the current owners at the transfer date. To avoid some punitive provisions in the Income Tax Act associated with non-arm’s ...