Canadians leave estate gifts for many different reasons. For some, it's a way to ensure their memory lives on. For many, it's a way to ensure that their favorite charity is able to continue its important work. For others, it represents a way to facilitate the tax implications that come with the transfer of one's estate to surviving relatives.
Gaétan Laperrière (Rigoletto) and Agathe Martel (Gilda) in the 2004 production of Rigoletto.
Photo: R. Tinker
There are many ways of making a gift, either through a donation today or through a bequest in a will. Those who chose to make a bequest may specify a certain dollar amount or leave a percentage of their estate or any assets that remain after they have provided for their families.
Ask your financial advisor about options that best suit you.