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Estate Planning for Blended Families

Avoid Disinheriting Your Children In today’s family it is not unusual for spouses to enter the marriage with children from previous relationships. Parents work hard at getting these children to functionally blend together to create a happy family environment. Often overlooked is what happens on the...

Changes to the Taxation of Estates

Estate, trust and tax planners have long favoured testamentary trusts as vehicles to pass along assets to beneficiaries or heirs. A testamentary trust is generally a trust or estate that is created the day a person dies. Commonly, these trusts are established in a testator’s will. A significant benefit...

The Best Way to Insure Your Mortgage

If you have a mortgage it makes good sense to insure it. Owning a debt free home is an objective of any sound financial plan. In addition, making sure your mortgage is paid off in the event of your death will benefit your family greatly. The question is should you purchase this coverage through your...

Is it Time for your Insurance Audit?

Has it been awhile since you last looked at your insurance portfolio? Are you a little vague in your recollection of all the coverage you have and why you have it? Are you uncertain as to whether or not your portfolio reflects your current situation? Just like going to the dentist for regular checkups...

Family Business Planning Strategies

67% are at Risk of Succession Failure If you are an owner in a family enterprise, the chances of your business transitioning successfully to the next generations is not very good. This has not changed over the years. Statistics show a failure rate of: 67% of businesses fail to succeed into the second...