Although “estate” gives an image of hidden mansions nestled in a forested and gated community, estate planning simply means planning what happens to your worldly goods when you die. It gives you control over who inherits what, avoids family rows after the will is read and protects your assets from death taxes or duties. Making a will gives you peace of mind now and protects your loved ones once you are gone. The library has over 35 titles on estate planning. Here are some books and recommended websites to help you get started.
- Estate Planning for Dummies (346.73052 CAV )
Estate Planning For The Blended Family (336.052 Hoo)
Create an estate plan for your unique situation. Enjoy peace of mid knowing you’ve taken care of things for your blended family.
- Estate Planning Through Family Meetings (346.052 But)
So You’ve Been Appointed Executor (346.71056 Car)
This book will give you an introduction to the predictable and unavoidable issues that each and every executor will face regardless of the size of the estate.
- The Canadian Guide to Will and Estate Planning (346.71052 GRA )
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Estate Planning in Six Simple Steps for Canadians (343.71053 OLK )
- The Cottage, the Spider Brooch, and the Second Wife (346.71052 CAR )
When I Die: Financial Planning For Life And Death (346.71052 Dun)
This guide will provide an overview of the areas of concern along with suggested solutions to facilitate both the administration and distribution of an estate.
- Write Your Legal Will in 3 Easy Steps (346.71054 CAR)
- You Can’t Take It With You (346.71052 FOS )
- Attorney General of Ontario: FAQs about Ontario Estates
Canadian Legal Wills
(www.legalwills.ca)Award winning site allowing people to create common legal documents.
(www.estateplanning.com)Although American, this site gives Canadian consumers access to general estate planning guides and links to estate planning resources.
Estate Planning Directory
(www.illnessprotection.com/freestate.php)Organize important information about your personal and financial affairs. It will help your survivors wind up your personal affairs in an orderly manner.
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
(www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/pgt/)Downloadable power of attorney kits, “living wills” and general advice on the administration of Ontario estates.
Seniors Canada Online: Estate Planning
(www.seniors.gc.ca)Provides financial and legal information for Ontario seniors. Click on the A-Z index to access the resources on estate planning as well as the link to "major life changes."
(www.clhia.ca/domino/html/clhia/clhia_lp4w_lnd_webstation.nsf/page/3ACC3C6961D3C64B852578FC0053AD16)This tool will help you organize all your important documents and keep all the necessary information together in a single place with a minimum of effort.
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