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Tax rules governing gifts, inheritances and estate administration

There is an old adage that says there are two certainties in life -- death and taxes. When it comes to estate administration in Canada, those two things play a large part as well, death for obvious reasons and taxes because inheritances and gifts, in some cases, may be considered taxable. There is no inheritance tax in Canada per se, but there are still some taxes that will affect the deceased person's estate and his or her beneficiaries.

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. 

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.

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.

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