Looking at where you are now, and where you want to end up, do you personal goals include a review of your finances and estate? If it doesn’t, it certainly should be at the top of your list! Proper estate planning can ensure that you have a stress-free year knowing you are covered!
Is your will up-to-date?
The purpose of a will is to outline your assets and determine how they will be distributed, as well as who will be in charge of managing affairs. Some key components to include in this document are:
- Up-to-date list of your significant assets; note the location if outside your province or outside Canada.
- Who will inherit your assets? And which?
- Outline of where you want assets to pass outside your estate to avoid probate fees (e.g., an insurance policy, an RRSP)? Do this via beneficiary designation.
- If they are minors, do you have a trust or other provisions in place?
- Is the list of beneficiaries in your will up to date? Have there been recent births, deaths or marriages in your family?
- Have you included alternates in case your named beneficiaries predecease you?
- Do you want to give to charities or other organizations?
- If you have children, have you indicated a guardian and spoken to them?
- Did you include an alternate in case the guardian you chose is unable to commit?
- Have you reviewed your choice of guardian as your child grows older?
- Your executor who will carry out your wishes after you die. You can name one executor or two or more co-executors. Be sure to name one or more alternates as well.
Have you assigned a power of attorney?
Another important (and often overlooked!) aspect of estate planning involves naming a power of attorney. This individual is someone you trust to make decisions for you should you become unable to do so due to injury or illness, whether temporary or otherwise. Power of attorney documents are created for you by a wills and estates lawyer (or notary in Quebec) as part of your estate plan. Be sure to get duplicate copies made for your POA(s) and to keep in your file. Ask friends and family for recommendations on a preferred estate lawyer.
Do you have mortgage protection insurance?
Through Manulife Mortgage Protection Plan (MPP), you have the opportunity to add a portable insurance policy to your mortgage that helps protect your loved ones and your home should something unexpected happen to you. Unlike bank insurance, MPP is a portable life and disability product that you can take with you, from lender to lender and property to property. This gives you the utmost future flexibility and is unlike bank insurance products which tie you down exclusively to them. To ensure you get the best rate at renewal, you must have invested in an insurance product like MPP that will give you the freedom to move! At Mortgage Man DLC it is always offered as an option with your mortgage package.
Mortgage life insurance will protect your family’s future by paying out your mortgage should the mortgage holder pass away. Manulife will also make your mortgage payments while your claim is being adjudicated, so there is no added stress for a loved one at an already difficult time. Mortgage disability insurance will take care of your mortgage payments plus property taxes if you become disabled. Disabilities from sickness and accidents are relatively common and will affect 1 in 3 borrowers throughout their mortgage amortization. Manulife provides budget-friendly payment options, the ability to top-up your coverage and so much more.
These are all important aspects to consider to ensure your estate and family will be provided for should something happen. While never a fun topic, it is an critical one and the better prepared you are, the better off your loved ones will be.
Contact our team today at Mortgage Man DLC, firstname.lastname@example.org or 705.326.8523, for more information on our MPP package.