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Staying at home longer? Self/Family Managed Care may be an option

This blog was written by Suzanne Singh Census numbers from 2016 revealed that seniors in Canada were outnumbering children for the first time in the survey’s history (StatCan 2016 census). It follows that with the tax base getting smaller and demand for health care services increasing, we can expect challenges….

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Alberta’s Supported Decision-Making Authorizations

This blog was written by Isabelle Cadotte – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management We’re all familiar with Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives but have you heard of Supported Decision-Making Authorizations (SDMAs)? SDMAs are available in Alberta for adult individuals who have mental capacity but…

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Grateful…

This blog was written by Teresa Acs – Director, Professional Development & Process Excellence With Thanksgiving right around the corner, which nicely slides into the season of gift giving, I thought I would selfishly use this Blog to thank my colleagues. I got this idea at my local Starbucks (thank…

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Avoiding Common Pitfalls with Beneficiary Designations

This blog was written by Isabelle Cadotte – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management Beneficiary designations on registered accounts and pension plans (RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs, etc.) and life insurance policies are a double-edged sword when it comes to estate planning. They are simple to implement – a designation…

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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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