The government of British Columbia recently announced a “Make your Will week” running from April 10 to April 16th 2016. The government emphasizing the importance of individuals creating your own Will should not be lost on people who procrastinate on making their Last Will and Testament.

It’s always best to have a Last Will and Testament under any circumstances, but if you already have one, you may want to consider making changes to your Will during these particular times:

When you are considering moving to a new province or territory;

When you are either expecting or have just had a child;

Getting married;

OR

Any particular time when major life circumstances change.

Having a Last Will and Testament is important under any circumstances, and it’s important to make sure that your Will is properly updated.

 

Click on the following link for more information on  Make a Will week in British Columbia.
Prince Rogers Nelson

The musical icon known as Prince passed away on April 21st 2016 at the age of 57. Prince Rogers Nelson died intestate (without a Will) at his home at Paisley Park in Minnesota. The estimated $150 million dollar fortune left behind by the mogul is now currently up in the air, as Minnesota inheritance laws will determine who the fortunate recipient will be.

Initially valued at $300 million, Prince’s fortunes have dwindled away over the years, possibly due as some would suggest, to a lack of high-powered attorneys and a constant rotation of financial advisers to look after his affairs.

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Canadian savings plans


Does this scenario sound familiar to you? You are concerned about an elderly relative who may be taken advantage of financially by another relative or close “friend.” The elderly relative has money disappearing and while you strongly presume that the suspect is that close relative or friend, you don’t want to create a rift by pointing fingers? You wonder what to do? Is speaking up and possibly causing a fight between family members the most likely scenario? 

A frantic granddaughter explains in a newspaper column that she feels caught between a rock and a hard place as her grandmother’s financial resources dwindle. The culprits are both a relative and a close friend of the grandmother’s. 

This problem occurs more often common than you would think. How would you handle this situation? This article provides insight into how this delicate situation should be handled. 

Looking forward to that early retirement and sipping cognac on a beach on a tropical paradise? Not so fast. If you’re like this couple drowning in debt, you may have no choice but to hold on to your job a little while longer if you want to retire. Read about the couple having to work longer than anticipated to save up for their retirement:

Couple looking to retire will have to stick to “boring” jobs.


Imagine disgruntled relatives bickering over your legacy when you’re gone. Now imagine if you strongly dislike those relatives and don’t want to have anything to do with them. Well, the simple solution would be to cut them from your Will, right? Make sure they don’t inherit a dime and get some payback for the awful way your relatives treated you?

Apparently, it’s not that simple in Austria. Find out why one grandmother cut up her fortune in anger rather than simply disinheriting her grandkids from her Will:

Austrian woman shreds her fortune.

Celebrity wills


After the death of late comedian Robin Williams in 2014, there was an ongoing battle over his $100 million-dollar estate between his wife and three children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody. The contents of his legal Will and his estate had been fought over in an continuing dispute which has seen no resolution until very recently.

Some highlights to note over the court’s decision regarding William’s estate and assets are:

A) William’s wife, Susan, retains ownership of their home in Tiburon, California
B) William’s children have acquired ownership of William’s memorabilia and awards, along with other (unnamed) items

You can read more HERE.


If you’re familiar with the name Gifford, then you most likely know the name and reputation of famous talk show host, Kathie Lee Gifford. The co-host of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee reigned supreme on America’s airwaves for more than a decade, but her admittedly less known husband of 29 years,  Frank Gifford, had a successful television career of his own as the charismatic NFL sports commentator of Monday Night Football.

Originally married to Maxine Avis Ewat for six years, Frank divorced his first wife and married Kathie Lee in 1986. The marriage with Kathie produced two children: Cody (now 25) and Cassidy (now 22). His other three children, Jeff, Kyle and Victoria, were the product of his first marriage to Maxine.

Frank passed away on August 9th, 2015, just a few weeks shy of his 85th birthday.

Revelations surfaced last month that the majority of Frank’s $10 million dollar fortune was to be given to Kathie Lee and their children. Frank’s first wife, Maxine, was left nothing, while Jeff, Kyle and Victoria only received $2 million from that $10 million dollar fortune. Although an enormous sum to many, Frank’s Last Will and Testament clearly favours his second family over his first.

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We’ve previously written about a few famous singers who have succumbed to illness or have died in the past few years or so. This next singer is no exception.  Although not as famous as her peers in the music industry, Amy Winehouse proved herself to be an exceptional songstress with a beautiful voice. She passed away at the age of 27 in 2011 from an overdose. 

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