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The $100 Million Executor Fee: Unexpected but not Unreasonable

This blog was written by Paula Lester – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management When the four executors of Leona Helmsley’s $5 billion estate asked for payment of $100 million for their services, it was touted as being astronomical by the challenging Attorney General. Still, Manhattan Surrogate’s Court…

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Estate Plan = Peace of Mind

This blog was written by Hardeep Nandra I am sharing a story of one of my close friends. This friend (Let’s call this person Kay for keeping their identity confidential) of mine is an honest person, good workout buddy, a great father and husband. He would always have a great smile…

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Surprise, You’re my Executor!

This blog was written by Veronique Thomas-Ewen, Associate Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management When a loved one passes away, it’s challenging for family and friends to process emotionally, let alone face the task of being an executor. But when the deceased has chosen a stranger to be…

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Uncovering the Reasons Behind Planning Choices

This blog was written by Justin Ecclestone, Associate Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management In this blog post I wanted to share an experience I had with a client. In my role, I meet with people from all walks of life. I’ve met with business owners, retired professionals,…

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Providing for Beneficiaries living with Addictions and Substance Abuse

This Blog was written by: Alicia Godin, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotiatrust  I recently had the opportunity to participate in the estate planning process for two sets of clients facing similar challenges. Both clients are in their mid to late 60’s, and they each have two children. It was their…

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Disproportionate Inheritance? WESA to the Rescue

This blog was written by Aathiya Bala, Associate Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management   Nahar and Nihal Litt arrived from India in 1964 with modest beginnings. The couple worked tireless hours building their family’s farm business estate for decades. Their children, who were between the ages of…

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Revival Trusts: Dead on Arrival?

This blog was written by Lara Besharat Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A hundred and seventy-eight years later, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation undertook to disprove this generally accepted inevitability. In 1967, James Bedford became the first person to be…

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Too much “Legalese” – Better Pay Attention!

  This Blog was written by: Emily Racine   While reviewing wills with clients, the focus is often on the dispositive provisions of the will; in other words, clients tend to focus on the first five pages of the will and leave the rest to the lawyers. For the most…

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The STEP Annual Conference

This blog was written by Teresa Acs – Director, Professional Development & Process Excellence I had the pleasure of participating at last week’s Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP) Canada Conference. Each year, the conference attendance surpasses the year before, speaking to both the quality and importance of this…

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Strategies for Distributions for Young Beneficiaries

This Blog was written by: Daniel Watts, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotiatrust I wrote in a previous post about determining an appropriate age for a beneficiary to receive an inheritance (Choosing an Appropriate Age for Young Beneficiaries to Inherit, February 7, 2019). Below, we take that idea a bit further…

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