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Tag: Corina S Weigl

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Enhancing the Succession Process – Engaging a Family Business Facilitator

In my last blog I spoke about one of the biggest risks to the successful transition of a family business – poor communication among family members. Related to this is family dynamics.  It is often thought that one of the best ways to address this risk, is to involve the…

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Succession Planning

In this blog I’d like to remind readers that the idea of “keeping it in the family” is still the most common response business owners provide when asked what they would like to see happen to their business after they have passed away. In fact, many business owners initially think…

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The Honour of Being Named a Trustee?

When you are appointed to act as a “trustee”, you are being asked to take on the control and management of property, but for the benefit of other persons, called the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are usually family members of the person who established the trust.  The person who established the…

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Government Targets Tax Planning for Private Companies

July 18, 2017 was a relatively quiet day in my office. That is until I received a flurry of emails regarding a release by the Department of Finance.  In particular, the Department of Finance issued draft legislation which, if passed, will significantly change the nature of tax planning for Canadian…

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Making Effective Distributions of Estate Taxable Income Tax

Dealing with the taxation of income earned by an estate can be complex. It has become even more complex since January 1, 2016.  It was on this date that all estates, other than those that qualify as a “graduated rate estate” (GRE), were no longer able to benefit from graduated…

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Estate Lawyers: Did our Invitation Get Lost in the Mail?!

Today’s blog was written by Jenna Ward, Articling Student, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. When clients plan engagement parties, weddings, baby showers or divorce parties (yes, divorce parties are becoming increasingly common) they may not think to invite their estate lawyer. Understandable. However, the unfortunate result may be that such life…

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Will Challenges and the Well – Acquainted Lawyer

Today’s blog was written by Jenna Ward, Articling Student, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. A recent case of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan has emphasized the significance of first, the relationship between a testator and his or her lawyer and second, the experience and tenure of such lawyer in assessing testamentary…

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TO ADVERTISE, OR NOT TO ADVERTISE – THAT IS THE BLOG FOR TODAY

When an individual dies with debts, it is the obligation of the executor to determine the extent and veracity of those debts and to take steps to satisfy them. If an executor distributes the assets of the estate without taking appropriate steps to address outstanding debts, s/he may be personally liable to satisfy them.

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BEWARE OF HIDDEN TAX CONSEQUENCES

A recent Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision in Morrison v. Morrison 2015 CarswellAlta 2249 (Alta.Q.B.) reminds advisors and clients alike of (i) the need to consider the income tax consequences of not only their overall estate plan, but components within it, and (ii) the importance of stating intention expressly and directly, particularly when one child may be benefitted more so than other children. The facts in Morrison were not unusual nor is the fact that, despite the relatively modest dollar amounts involved, the matter went to trial – an unfortunate result for all concerned.

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FLYING SOUTH FOR THE WINTER

As winter finally sets in for us Canadians and our Canadian snowbirds begin to head south, we often see an increase in interest among our clients with the concept of owning a home in the southern USA. While the Canadian dollar may make this somewhat unattractive at the moment and perhaps for the foreseeable future given some recent forecasts, there will always be deals to be had and emotional decisions to be made. As a result, I take this blog as an opportunity to remind readers of the implications of owning a US vacation property.

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