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Ask an Expert - Is Your Family's Wealth Properly Protected?

Nov 24, 2016 12:48:12 PM Sheri MacMillan Estate Planning

Protect your family and your wealth with proactive estate planningQuestion

My husband and I are both retired, our children are grown and we are blessed to have many grandchildren. Now, in our senior years, we would like to prepare our estate so our loved ones inherit our assets in the smoothest, most efficient way possible. How can we accomplish this?


We all need the comfort of knowing that our loved ones are properly protected for the future. In order to ensure that your wealth is transferred in a tax efficient and harmonious manner, it’s vital to proactively plan your estate.

Estate planning permits you to bestow a legacy that reflects your wishes, giving purpose to what you have achieved in your lifetime. The most valuable gift you can provide to your family is security and peace of mind.

Placing assets intended for our beneficiaries into trust is a good way to help prevent unnecessary losses, and can also offer substantial tax benefits.

Trusts can safeguard a loved one’s inheritance against the risk of a divorce, a lawsuit, or a myriad of other risks.

For centuries, trusts have been used as an efficient property distribution technique, due to the special tax benefits and protections they grant. A trust is best described as a private legal relationship that holds assets on behalf of a beneficiary.

Unlike basic will planning, assets held within a trust may avoid the court process of probate. Moreover, trusts may create income splitting opportunities and facilitate other estate planning objectives.

Trusts are exceptionally versatile estate planning tools that can be tailored to every unique family situation. Assets placed in a trust are shielded from non-bloodline family members, should a loved one choose to divorce or remarry. In addition, special trusts can be created to protect a family member with mental incapacity, an addiction problem, lack of business experience or money management issues.

With careful planning and a little ingenuity, it is easy to protect your wealth from both taxes and potential legal or family disputes. Ultimately, a trust will allow you and your husband to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have proactively planned your estate.

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At MacMillan Estate Planning, our team of professional trust and estate practitioners, chartered accountants, financial planners, and legal professionals look forward to assisting you with the design of your estate plan and will ensure you build, protect, and enjoy your wealth. The information provided is general and may not be suited to your objectives or sufficient to ensure the protection of you and your family. You should not act on this information without providing MacMillan Estate Planning with the opportunity to ensure that it is suitable for your unique situation.

Sheri MacMillan

Written by Sheri MacMillan

Sheri MacMillan is the Founder & President of MacMillan Estate Planning Corp, Canada’s elite estate planning firm and is a highly respected industry leader

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