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British Columbia estate administration: Plans for the family home

Estate planning is something people do to make things easier on their families once they have passed on. If all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed, estate administration should go smoothly. The one big thing in a British Columbia resident's estate plan is the family home and it is one with sizable worth, there may be some things testators can do to ensure the family home can be passed down while keeping the family peace.

Estate administration: Dealing with a cross-border estate

There are some Canadians who own property stateside. Many snowbirds purchase property in the United States and when British Columbia residents who own such a property die, estate administration could get dicey. Executors of wills could find themselves in a pickle if they aren't familiar with cross-border tax laws and/or regulations regarding reporting.

Can wills made in British Columbia be revoked?

Many people state clearly in a will what they would like to have happen after they die. British Columbia resident fashion wills to state what should happen with their assets and their belongings and anything else having to do with their death such as funeral arrangements. Every province and territory in Canada has laws protecting the writers of wills, also known as testators. These laws are fairly consistent and protect testators' wishes.

British Columbia estate administration: Debt and death

Like it or not, debt is a big part of modern life. Most homeowners carry mortgages, many people have car payments and some people carry balances on their credit cards. But when it comes to estate administration in British Columbia, what happens to all the debt -- and rewards in some cases -- after a person dies? Most people believe their loved ones will be on the hook for their debts, but that's not the case.

Wills can spell out who inherits digital accounts in B.C.

Living in a technological age, most people have social media pages on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All these sites need passwords to access. What happens if tragedy should strike and the owner of the pages dies? British Columbia residents can make provisions in their wills as to who looks after their digital accounts when they die.

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