Upon death, there is a deemed disposition of RRSP’s, RRIF’s, LIF’s, cottage, investment property, etc. This may entail significantly high taxes on the estate and may jeopardize the ability of the family to retain, say, a cottage, unless there is a surviving married or common law spouse.
There are a number of ways you can defer, minimize or eliminate these taxes by strategic planning. It is important to consult a qualified financial advisor, who can assist you in implementing these strategies.
Probate : This is a legal process that confirms two things: the validity of the will and the appointment of the executors.
Probate tax is assessed on the total value of the assets in the estate. The rate varies between provinces and can be significant. In Ontario, they are calculated as follows: $5.00 per $1,000. up to the first $50,000, then $15. per each $1,000 thereafter.
You can structure ownership of the assets to reduce or minimize probate. Trusts, joint ownership, gifts, etc. will help to accomplish this. You may wish to consult with a qualified financial advisor.
These will include provision for burial expenses, outstanding bills and ongoing expenses, (i.e., utilities, rent, etc.), until the estate is settled.
The death of a loved one is one of life’s most stressful events. Unless there is a funeral plan already in place, they are prevented from mourning if they are involved in making last minute decisions about the numerous details involved in organizing a funeral. This only adds to the stress. Pre-planning the funeral removes the financial and emotional burden during a difficult time.