VALUATIONS AND REVERSING TAX REASSESSMENTS: Lessons learnt

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

I have been writing about valuations for estate plan agreements, highlighting that they should be based on fair and reasonable methods, prepared in good faith, properly supported and documented at the time of valuation. This approach to valuations should also apply to other estate planning and charitable giving arrangements. Take donations ...

Gifts of RRSPs/RRIFs by Direct Designation

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Directly designating a charity as the beneficiary of a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or registered retirement income fund (RRIF) has a number of advantages, but also a risk. A direct designation gift is arranged by naming one or more charities on the RRSP/RRIF plan documents. After ...

A different kind of trust, a different set of rules

Monday, July 28th, 2014

In 21 x 3, I wrote about three, sometimes tricky, trust rules:  the 21-year deemed dispositon rule; the rule against accumulations; and, the rule against perpetuities.  Following the post, I realized I had not been specific enough when a reader - esteemed charitable foundation advisor and former colleague, David Windeyer - ...