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 ...

Record retention – what form and how long?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

As an executor you may be tasked with organizing the deceased's records and may wonder in what form and how long should those records be kept. The Canada Revenue Agency recently weighed in on the issue in a technical interpretation. In their view, every person carrying on business and every ...