As the Grey Tsunami grows the Government of Ontario is increasing the reporting responsibilities of an Executor to ensure that assets reported when a will is probated are not understated. The draft details of the new reporting obligations are posted to the Government of Ontario website at http://bit.ly/1yxP8ee.
We can only guess how many more fiduciary responsibilities will be assigned to Executors, however the Government of Ontario’s need to balance their budget each year will likely bring new responsibilities that an Executor must manage.
As the Executor you are not only responsible to the beneficiaries, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is the first and last creditor of an estate. CRA will hold you personally responsible for non-payment of any taxes if you have made distributions to the beneficiaries and there is not enough money left to pay all outstanding taxes.
Getting Your Financial Affairs in Order differs from individual to individual. For many of us, however, there are stark similarities depending on your age, stage of life and a number of other factors.
Interestingly, in our experience the size or dollar value of an estate is not what determines how complex or difficult it will be to execute. Nor does the varying number of beneficiaries add complexity and therefore time and costs. The single biggest factor that adds cost, time, frustration and family discord is if someone does not have their financial affairs in reasonable order.