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8 Reasons Why You Need a Legal Will

Who needs a legal Will? Every adult of mental capacity over the age of 18 years!

But, I Don’t Have Any Assets

Many people say that they do not have any assets therefore they do not need a legal will.  This is not true.  You may have few assets, yet you still need someone to be your legal voice for you when you die.

The main objective of a will is to name a person to be your Estate Trustee, to act on your behalf and to close off your estate when you die.

If you were to witness the family dysfunction, additional costs and emotional and physical turmoil that people go through when there is not a Will in place, I think you would seriously reconsider your rational to not have a valid Will.

Is Drafting a Legal Will Expensive?

Drafting a will does not have to be expensive.  There are no–cost and low-cost ways to draft a valid will.

Having a valid will in place shows that you care for your family, friends, pets and favorite charities.

Having a Valid Will Allows For:

  1. You to decide who will look after your minor children
  2. You to decide who will look after your pets
  3. Deciding who gets your assets
  4. Faster and easier settlement of your Estate
  5. Transfer of your estate in a tax effective manner
  6. Lower administration cost of your Estate
  7. Less taxes paid to the Provincial and Federal Government
  8. You to leave a bequest to your favorite charity

In short, having a valid Will in place protects the people you care about.

If you are not sure how to start or what makes a Will valid, all you have to do is connect with me and let’s chat.

It truly is that easy.

Remember where there is a Will there is a way to leave a loving legacy – because Your Legacy Matters.

I would love to hear from you and help get the conversation started.  You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website. Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter too.

Until next time,


Katherine Downey is the #1 Funeral Preplanning Professional in Canada for the fourth time. She is a professional educator, author, licensed funeral director and insurance advisor. Not only is she a Certified Professional Consultant on Ageing and an Executive Advisor, but she is compassionately understanding.  To set an appointment or have your questions answered, please contact Kat directly

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Process for Assessing & Collecting Ontario Estate Administration Tax

Ontario Estate Administration Tax

In the 2011 Ontario budget, the Ontario government indicated that they would tighten the probate filing rules to enhance compliance by transferring administration of the Estate Administration Tax from the Ministry of the Attorney General to the Ministry of Revenue and Finance. This change received royal assent in 2011 and was announced in force January 1st, 2015. Effective January 1st, 2015, the Ministry of Finance now has a more defined process for assessing and collecting the Estate Administration Tax (EAT). Read more

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Ontario Estate Administration Tax Filing Rules

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In our last blog we spoke about Ontario Probate becoming the Estate Administration Tax, the Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee and the importance of this certificate to confirm the appointment of an Estate Trustee. This certificate authorizes the Estate Trustee to work on behalf of the deceased and start the process of closing the estate. Further to this, effective January 1, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Finance implemented new Estate Filing Rules for people acting as an Estate Trustee in Ontario, for estates valued at greater than $1,000.00. Read more

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Act Now – 10 Things to Save your Estate $1000s of Dollars!

licensed pre funeral planner MississaugaAn adult son called me today asking about what he could do and how to start organizing his mother’s affairs. His mom now has advanced Alzheimer’s and before her cognitive decline she drafted a valid Power of Attorney for Property and Personal Care and a valid Will. Here are my suggestions for 10 ways to save your estate $1000s of dollars if you act now. Read more

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Parenting our Parents – Now What?

bigstock-Senior-woman-gets-a-kiss-from--50044583Life is a circle; there is an alpha and an omega, a beginning and an end for all of us.  Throughout our lifetime our parents have guided and directed us to the best of their abilities.  As our parents move through their life circle, many of us find we are now parenting our parents. The challenge is to do so while continuing to respect their dignity, capacity, and control.

This fragile balance can shift suddenly with a change in health, mobility, or capacity. Are you prepared?

My Dad does the driving for errands and appointments.  Recently he had a hip replacement so no more driving!  Mom is comfortable driving short distances but not outings for a myriad of doctors’ appointments or errands further away from home.  This is a game changer for the family and caused one of those ‘family discussions’.

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Settling Foreign Property in an Estate


bigstock-cheerful-middle-aged-woman-emb-48853013How many times have your heard a change in the tone or inflection of your parents voice? Did you find your ears perked up and then you knew you’d better listen to what was going to come next? This happens to us even when we are adult children. We all know that tone of voice, commanding our attention. Unfortunately even as adults, we may not “listen” and then wish we had especially when it comes time to settling an estate!

Recently a lady I was assisting to close off some of her dad’s estate documents, lamented this same fact.  She said “Kat, I wish I had listened.  Every other year we went to Portugal with our father and he mentioned several times that he wanted to show us the property he owned there.  Well you know how it goes, there are things to see, things to do, other family members to visit and well …………,  I never did get the specific information or locations of the property dad owned.  Now that he has died, I need to deal with selling this property and honestly, I do not even know where it is.  My other family members in Portugal are not sure either.  Oh I wish I had listened and paid more attention to what my dad wanted to share with me.”

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