PLAN YOUR WILL AND ESTATE WISELY TO AVOID FAMILY CONFLICT, LEGAL HASSLES, AND SAVE TAX

WHITBY, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - According to personal finance experts Douglas Gray, LL.B. and John Budd, CA, "If you don't plan ahead, the government could be your principal financial beneficiary on your demise. Two out of three Canadians don't have a will, of which approximately 50% have children. One out of 4 Canadians will die suddenly. Most Canadians are unaware of the pitfalls of poor will and estate planning, which generally results in future adverse legal, tax, and financial consequences."

In the latest edition of their bestselling book, The Canadian Guide to Will & Estate Planning, Gray and Budd decided to look at everything with "fresh eyes". The market meltdown in 2008 destroyed the financial plans of millions of people. This made it imperative that people's estate plans and wills be revisited. Even now, many people's investment portfolios are not yet back to where they were in the fall of 2007. The authors have added a chapter on "building your estate," which includes the fundamental principles that people should be following with respect to saving, investing, and preserving capital.    

Completely updated to reflect the latest changes in legislation and taxation, including changes in the capital gains tax and trust laws, the 3rd edition of The Canadian Guide to Will & Estate Planning provides savvy, practical tips on the critical decisions and choices required, such as:

  • Avoiding classic legal and tax pitfalls, family feuds, and spousal disputes
  • Minimizing or avoiding income, probate, and capital gains taxes
  • Understanding the numerous tax benefits of charitable giving
  • Protecting personal and business financial interests and assets
  • Using effective legal, tax, and estate planning strategies for business owners
  • Selecting retirement residences and nursing homes
  • The need for living wills, health care proxies, and powers of attorney

According to the authors, they wrote The Canadian Guide to Will & Estate Planning to be a comprehensive resource to educate and enlighten, and act as a catalyst to informed action. More information can be obtained from Gray's website at: www.estateplanning.ca.

About the Authors:

Douglas Gray, LL.B. (Vancouver), is a former lawyer who morphed into a consultant, speaker, columnist, and author of 25 bestselling books.

John Budd, FCA (Toronto), is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years experience in tax and estate planning. He is an investment advisor and portfolio manager with a leading wealth management firm.

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