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Estate Planning – Effective Family Meetings

This Blog was written by Sara Hillier, Estate and Trust Advisor at MD Private Trust Company which is part of Scotia Wealth Management “Oh hey! We’ve been meaning to ask you. Will you be our estate executor[1]?” a parent inquires of their eldest child over brunch. “Of course! No biggie.” comes the…

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Love is in the Air. But be cautious

This Blog was written by Lara Besharat A romance scam, also commonly known as “catfishing”, is a fraudulent scheme, generally accomplished via social media or through an online dating platform, wherein a scammer feigns romantic interest in a target, develops a “relationship” with that person, and ultimately swindles them for money. Seniors…

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The Slayer Law in Canada Part II: Beneficiaries Gone Bad

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  In December this author wrote about the common law forfeiture laws, colloquially known as “Slayer Law”, which precludes an individual from deriving a benefit from their own “morally culpable conduct.” In the context of the testator-beneficiary relationship,…

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Talking to Your Beneficiaries About Your Estate Plan

This blog was written by Emily Rosen Having conversations with beneficiaries and being honest about your intentions will set expectations early on and minimize any surprises during an already difficult time. According to a study conducted by Nielson (2014), 46% of Canadians have not spoken to their family about their…

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Age 40 Trusts – Income-Splitting is Alive and Well!

This Blog was written by Joanna Mazin, Estate and Trust Planning Lead at MD Financial Management Inc. which is part of Scotia Wealth Management In an age when it is becoming increasingly difficult to income-split, here is a planning strategy that could be available to high-income earners who are looking to provide tax-efficient…

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New Year’s Resolutions: “creating yourself” and your estate plan in 2021

This Blog was written by: Anne McFarlane, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  I have always loved celebrating the New Year. On top of the fancy attire, sparkly decorations, and fizzy drinks, it’s a time of reflection and reinvention. To think back to what went well in the year…

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Sleigh Bells and Slayers … the “Slayer Law” in Canada, Naughty Executors and Beneficiaries

This Blog was written by: Alicia Mossington (Godin), Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management  To paraphrase a popular song this time of year: He’s making a list He’s checking it twice He’s going to find out whose naughty or nice …  Santa Claus is coming to town He knows…

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Reflections on my debut year in Estate and Trust Administration

This blog was written by Collia Barnaby After four years as a Financial Advisor, a role that I was very passionate about, in 2018 I made the transition, to work in the Estate and Trust Department.  I would never have imagined how interesting this role can be and what a…

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Charitable, but not that charitable

This blog was written by Paula Lester – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management No one can question that Eleena Murray, who passed away in May 2017 at the age of 99, had charitable intentions. On the other hand, exactly how charitable her intentions were is at the…

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Until Death Do Us Part…

This Blog was written by Angèle LeBlanc, Estate and Trust Advisor at MD Private Trust Company which is part of Scotia Wealth Management The Medical Assistance in Dying, Bill C-14 (MAiD) was enacted into law on June 17th, 2016. Since then, some of us may have heard of cases where…

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