Archive for the ‘Succession Planning’ Category

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 ...

King Lear: Lessons in estate and succession planning, capacity and family dynamics

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The Stratford Festival has included ‘King Lear’ among this year’s performances.  ‘Lear’, of course, is the poster boy for older adults who use poor judgment in determining how and when to distribute their assets to their children.  The opening of King Lear reveals the King’s intent to divest his kingdom ...

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 ...