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Preparing a Final Tax Return

Preparing a Final Tax Return

When a loved one passes away, you will have many tasks to tend to and decisions to make. One of those tasks may be completing the individual’s final, or terminal, tax return.
The first step is to inform the Canada Revenue Agency that the person has passed away. You can call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 or you can file form RC4111. The CRA provides the booklet “Preparing Returns for Deceased Persons” to help you; ask for a copy.

You will need ...

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Managing Alone Book Review

Managing Alone Book Review

Managing Alone Book Review – by Sheryl Smolkin, Journalist and Lawyer

Making a will and getting our financial affairs in order is something we all know is important, but many of us never get around to it. Younger people in particular often feel they are invincible and that it is too soon to think about death and dying.

But people die as a result of illness or accidents at all ages. And where they have not done the necessary planning, spouses left ...

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When Death Deals a Financial Blow

When Death Deals a Financial Blow

Globe & Mail article – When Death Deals a Financial Blow

Globe and Mail article death financial blow

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Joint Bank Accounts a Must

Joint Bank Accounts a Must

Why the Joint Bank Account is a Must for Married Couples

Jennifer Black of DFS Private Wealth was interviewed by Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail.
Rob Carrick Joint accounts

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Preparing the Final Tax Return

Preparing the Final Tax Return

Courtesy of Janet Baccarani & Jennifer Black from DFS Private Wealth.

Preparing a Final Tax Return

In our ongoing series on Death and Taxes, we look at a few of the common questions associated with preparing a tax return for someone who’s died.

Who is responsible for filing the deceased’s final tax return?

The deceased’s legal representative is responsible for ensuring that the tax return is filed. The legal representative would be the Executor (as named in the will) or the Administrator ...

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Will you be my Estate Trustee?

Will you be my Estate Trustee?

What to do when someone asks you to be their Trustee.

Courtesy of David Mills from Mills & Mills LLP. And contributed by J. Paul Mills, Q.C.

If someone asks you if you are willing to be her or his Estate Trustee, Executor, Attorney for Property or guardian of children, you should not automatically say “Yes”. Acting in any one of these fiduciary capacities can be seen to be an honour but there are very serious responsibilities involved which should not be ...

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Can Trustees Avoid Liability?

Can Trustees Avoid Liability?

Can a Trustee Avoid Liability Even if Found to Have Made a Costly Mistake?

Courtesy of David Mills from Mills & Mills LLP..

Before agreeing to take on the role of Estate Trustee, the named individual should consider carefully the fact that it is a difficult, time consuming and often thankless job. For the uninitiated, the myriad responsibilities – from gathering information on assets and liabilities, to assembling tax information and completing tax returns, to managing relationships with and among beneficiaries (many ...

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Investing Lessons – Warren Buffett

Investing Lessons – Warren Buffett

Investing Lessons from Warren Buffett (arguably the world’s most successful investor)

Lessons on Investing from Warren Buffett

…on long term investing
“Over the long term, the stock market news will be good. In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.”
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Minimizing Mortgage Costs

Minimizing Mortgage Costs

Courtesy of Alexandra Evans-Munoz from The Mortgage Centre.

The following strategies will help you to minimize the amount of interest you pay and the number of years you hold your mortgage.

Increase your payment amount

It may take some adjusting to work into your budget, but increasing your monthly payment amount can save you thousands of dollars in interest over the duration of your mortgage and reduce the life of your mortgage for several years. For example, suppose you have a 5- ...

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Yesterday A Wife, Today A Widow

Yesterday A Wife, Today A Widow

Courtesy of Robert Lamb from Maven Financial.

Yesterday A Wife, Today A Widow

When a widow first comes to me she often seems lost and very alone. “I believed my life was over. I believed I would never be happy again. I believed I had no reason for living…”

“Can I make it?” is the same question asked by widows whether they’re worth more than a million dollars or considerably less. As a financial planner the role becomes that of being a decision ...

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