Excerpts from the Book – Preserving Wealth – written by Jack Lumsden, MBA, CFP®
The current COVID -19 Pandemic has resulted in many pausing to reflect on their estate and incapacity planning. The barrage of news headlines about the health crisis and forced time at home have understandably led individuals to consider the plans more thoughtfully they have in place or plans they would like to implement. Legal professionals throughout Canada have noticed an increased interest in estate planning.
My recently released book, Preserving Wealth: The Next Generation discusses in detail how to develop an effective estate plan and can help with your planning process utilizing a narrative that takes place with a family over a summer at the family cottage.
In the following excerpt from the book, the weekly topic was Wills with Uncle Wayne who leads the conversations. David and Alice were discussing that they didn’t have a Will, as they didn’t like to talk about this type of thing. Uncle Wayne offered them the following comments about this.
Uncle Wayne said, “but you’ve got to talk about it, and you’ve got to have wills drawn up. Each province is different, but in Ontario, here’s what will happen if someone dies without a will and they have children. If someone has one child, the first $200,000 goes to the spouse, and the balance is split equally between the spouse and child. If you have more than one child, such as you do, Alice would be entitled to the first $200,000 of your estate plus the next one-third of your estate. The rest would be divided between your two children. If the children are under the age eighteen, the Children’s Law Office would get involved.”
This is not what David and Alice wanted to happen!!
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