Losing a loved one is a horrible experience and grief can be compounded by the uncertainty of what needs to be done to ensure the loved one’s estate gets dealt with appropriately, particularly in the first few months after the death. Get more info:https://www.albertawillsonline.com/
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When a Loved One Dies: First Important Step
When a person dies, employment insurance (EI) benefits payable to that person up to and including the date of death may be paid to the estate. However, these benefits must also be cancelled by completing a Request for Payment of Benefit on Behalf of a Deceased Person found at http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=ins2882&ln=eng.
Any EI benefits paid after the death must be repaid. It should also be noted that an estate can apply for EI benefits on behalf of a deceased person, particularly if that deceased person had not been able to work in the weeks leading to his or her death.
For most other CRA notifications, such as GST, Canada Child Tax Benefit, etc. you can complete an Information Sheet RC4111 and send it to your tax services office or tax centre. RC4111 is found at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tg/rc4111/README.html. CRA will also require a certified copy of the death certificate. If the deceased was resident in Vancouver the documents should be sent to 9755 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC V3T 5E1 and if the deceased was resident in Calgary, the documents should be sent to 220 4th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0L1. For all other cities, the addresses can be found at http://www.cra.arc.gc.ca/cntct/tso-bsf-eng.html
Personal Bank Accounts
Most banks will require a certified copy of the death certificate to remove a deceased person’s name from a joint account or to transfer accounts to an account registered in the estate’s name. Some banks will simply freeze the accounts until a grant of probate is obtained. Most banks are also fairly accommodating in suspending mortgage payments or line of credit payments that are due for a few months following death. National Bank offers asset repatriation free of charge if a client wishes to consolidate all the deceased’s assets into a single account. Further, for National Bank Private Banking 1859 clients, the designated private banker can arrange the paperwork to effect the transfers.
If land is held as joint tenants with another person, then all the Land Titles Office needs is a notarized copy of the death certificate to remove the deceased’s name from title. This is not a step that needs to be done right away, but can be tackled when people are more prepared to deal with estate matters.
If land is held by the deceased personally, land titles needs a notarized copy of the death certificate in order to transfer title into the name of the estate, and then a certified copy of the grant of probate to transfer the asset into the name of the beneficiaries.
It is important to know who is named as beneficiary on the life insurance policies held by a person at his or her death. Every company is a little bit different, so the beneficiary should contact the insurance company’s local agent or check the company’s website. You can also notify the company in writing, requesting the forms and instructions on how to proceed. A certified copy of the death certificate will likely be needed. This is the same for annuities.
Fortunately people have some breathing room with regard to tax returns. If a death occurred between January 1st and October 31st, the personal representative has until April 30th of the following year to file the final tax return. If the death occurred between November 1st and December 31st, the final tax return is due six months after the date of death. This final tax return will show any capital gains owed on the deemed disposition of all assets that occurs at death.
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