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An open conversation while planning a will is key to avoiding problems and fighting between beneficiaries.  |  Getty Images

Weigh options when writing a will

Any person can be named as a beneficiary but there are obligations to spouses and financial dependents to consider

Planning a will is not something to take lightly, especially when deciding how to allocate assets. Many options must be weighed, like which child gets what and how assets and land should be divided, but for some testators who don’t have large families or children to give their assets to, what are some other options? […] Read more

People can save time, hardship and money by choosing their power of attorney before they are unable to make the decision.  |  Getty Images

Power of attorney provides peace of mind

People may reach a point in their life when they are unable to make important decisions. While this can be devastating, it is possible for people to choose who will make those decisions on their behalf before that time comes. Appointing a power of attorney ensures that someone trusted and knowledgeable is making decisions about […] Read more

A Saskatchewan lawyer says probate fees and land transfers are comparable in price, but there are still issues that farmers need to keep an eye on.  |  File photo

Probate not something to avoid at all costs

However, a tax lawyer says avoiding probate fees by transferring titles away from the testator before they die is not hard

As the old saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. But professional help and planning ahead can go a long way in dealing with taxes that must be paid following a death. For Nikki Rudachyk, partner at McKercher LLP in Saskatoon and a member of the Canadian Association of Farm […] Read more

Working longer in a field you’re passionate about can extend life.  |  Getty Images

No need to rush into retirement

Pushing seniors out of jobs, especially out of a family oriented business like farming, is not considered good for anyone

Retiring is a big and often daunting decision for Canadian seniors. Whether financially, socially or mentally, how do Canadian seniors, especially farmers, know when it is time to take that big step? Farming is more than just a career, says Tyler Case, an assistant professor at the Edwards School of Business at the University of […] Read more

The federal government says there are four things to consider when deciding when to begin participating in Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan: “current and future sources of income, current and future employment status, health and plans for retirement.”  |  Getty Image

More later or less sooner

Life after retirement has never been more flexible for those planning their financial future, especially when it comes to receiving Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan payments. Since 2013, anyone can defer their OAS and CPP payments to later dates and have more control over the look of their finances. For both programs, there […] Read more

Farmers can also defer income by buying inventory in the current year that is intended for next year’s crop.  |  Getty Images photo

Income deferral unique opportunity for farmers

Only five or six types of grain have been formally acknowledged as acceptable, but the list has been informally extended

It is an understatement to say that tax time is stressful. But farmers have a unique opportunity when it comes to claiming their farm income that can help lessen this stress. Compared to other industries, farmers report their income on a cash basis. According to BDO’s Tax Planning for Canadian Farmers, “farmers only have to […] Read more

Does your pet need a passport? No, but having the right paperwork and a clean bill of health from your veterinarian can be important to easy movement across borders.  |  File image

Going south with Fluffy and Fido

Pet owners who want to head south this winter have a few options on how to deal with their four-legged loved ones. They can board their cat or dog at a kennel, but that can be expensive. They can ask a neighbour to feed, water, walk and care for their pets, but that is a […] Read more

Age-related dementia rates are falling at the same time that society’s ability to meet the needs of older people in the community are rising.  |  File photo

Multiple studies find dementia is decreasing

The declining rate is linked to higher levels of education and better control of heart disease and high blood pressure

At a time when the only medical treatments available for dementia are providing, at best, a little help, there is some good news about this dreaded disease. Studies in England, Wales, Denmark and the United States have found that dementia rates are going down. In England and Wales, it was found that dementia rates have […] Read more

There are advantages and disadvantages in transferring freehold mineral interest to a corporation rather than to individual beneficiaries.  | REUTERS/Nick Oxford photo

Keeping the mineral rights right

If there isn’t an oil well on the back 40, mineral rights may be something you never even think about, but maybe you should. “Often the family is not even aware of their existence until they are discovered during a routine title search in the administration of a deceased family member’s estate,” says Humboldt, Sask., […] Read more

Couples divorcing face the same dilemma that besieges non-divorcing couples: how to make things fair for the kids that aren’t farming?  |  Getty Images

When grey divorce meets estate planning

When practicing matrimonial law, the first thing Wynyard, Sask., lawyer Bill Klebeck asked farmers seeking a divorce was, “how many kids do you have and what do they do?” “If they’ve got grown children who are farming with them or who are taking over the farm, then you take a different approach, rather than saying, […] Read more