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Estate administration: Beneficiaries in multiple jurisdictions

In this technological world, things change at a rapid place and people can get from one side of the world to another in no time. Many people don't stay in one place for long. When it comes to estate planning and estate administration in Canada, it might be wise to know how the rules change for those beneficiaries named in wills who change locations a lot and perhaps even marital status. When there is more than one jurisdiction involved, beneficiaries would be wise to find out how to manage taxes and assets in various provinces or countries. 

Personal and healthcare directives in wills in Canada

When people are no longer able to make decisions for themselves, yet still want some control over what happens in their lives, having a health care or personal directive drawn up may be the answer. Wills in Canada can incorporate such directives, which will appoint someone to make healthcare decisions on their behalf should they not have the mental capacity to do do. Generally speaking, a power of attorney is the same thing. 

Power of attorney: Incapacity planning in British Columbia

There may be times when decisions pertaining to someone's estate have to be made by other than the estate holder. Someone named power of attorney could act in that capacity -- a relative or good family friend. British Columbia residents could name whomever they choose to make decisions for them. For instance, a power of attorney could cash a cheque on behalf of the principal should he or she be out of town.

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