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A note on Crypto Currency

Wikipedia defines cryptocurrency (or crypto currency) as a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses strong cryptography to secure financial transactions, control the creation of additional units, and verify the transfer of assets. Cryptocurrencies use decentralized control as opposed to centralized digital currency and central…

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Why Plan For One When You Can Plan For Generations?

This blog was written by Alex Fournier The Trust industry has shifted its focus towards servicing the biggest market segment yet to be seen – the Baby Boomers. With the biggest intergenerational wealth transfer coming, it is the most logical course of action to undertake. In Canada alone, reports speculate that…

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Secret Trusts

Secret and trusts are essentially trust arrangements made between a testator and a trustee, without written disclosure or agreement of the terms of the arrangement, but where an understanding exists between the parties. Based on precedent in case law, the essential elements of a secret trust are: • An intent…

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Alter Ego Trusts: Every Rose Has Its Thorns

This article was first published in STEP Insider. Historically, individuals have taken comfort in the knowledge that their last will and testament is a statement of their final wishes for the disposition of their accumulated wealth. However, in the face of increasing wills litigation and fees payable in connection with…

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Can You be Removed as a Trustee Without a Replacement?

The recent case of Novak v. McDougall, (2019 SKQB 261), confirms that when you have accepted an appointment to be trustee, you may not be able to have yourself removed from that appointment without a suitable replacement. The applicant in this case, a beneficiary of a “Henson” trust (basically defined…

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Secret and Semi-Secret Trusts: An Unusual Approach to Testamentary Dispositions – Part II

Guest written by Giancarlo Mignardi, Student-at-Law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Last week, I provided an overview of secret and semi-secret trusts, as well as the legal framework that allows for their existence. Today, I will discuss some of the practical uses of such trusts in modern estate-planning, as well…

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Fiduciary Investing Series – Fun, fun, funds

This blog has been written by Robert Boyd, Director, Scotiatrust. Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are all well known to the general public and reasonably well understood investment vehicles, however there is a trust specific fund that has fallen out of favour in recent years, somewhat…

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Secret and Semi-Secret Trusts: An Unusual Approach to Testamentary Dispositions – Part I

Guest written by Giancarlo Mignardi, Student-at-Law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP When we think about testamentary gifts, we typically think of outright gifts, and testamentary trusts, both of which are typically set out in the terms of a Will. However, there is another, lesser-known option: the secret (and semi-secret) trust….

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Transferring Wealth During Your Lifetime

I was reading recently that approximately $30-trillion in assets will be shifting from one generation to the next across North America in the next few decades, according to consulting firm Accenture. A couple of years ago, I wrote about gifting cash or assets during one’s lifetime as an alternative method…

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Charitable Gifts from Alter Ego Trusts

In Canada we do not have an estate tax. Rather, when an individual dies the individual is deemed to have disposed of his or her capital property immediately before death at fair market value. The deemed disposition triggers the realization of any accrued but unrealized capital gains. As a result,…

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