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Business owners are often concerned with preserving the wealth they have worked so diligently to create. Tax minimization, estate equalization between children, and charitable giving are top of mind when considering estate planning. We work with clients to define their goals in each of these areas, discuss fair vs. equal for their children’s inheritance, and apply strategies to enhance and expand the total value of the estate. We also review wills and other important estate planning documentation to ensure they are up-to-date and reflective of the client’s wishes.
Business Succession Planning
Selling the business or passing it down to children is truly a process, not an event. Planning well in advance of a business changing hands can help the transition go as smoothly as possible. In a family business context, there are additional considerations for how the business affects each member of the family, whether they are involved in ownership, management, or not at all. We recommend a review or creation of a shareholder agreement, which is essential for giving the stakeholders in the business confidence and clarity on what will happen to the business should certain events like death, disability, or disagreement impact the business.
Successful entrepreneurs are some of the most generous people in Canada. Although many have been philanthropic throughout their working life, they begin to consider the bigger picture of their legacy when they are passing the business on to their children, selling the business, or perhaps beginning to slow down and enjoy retirement. Leaving a legacy to a favorite charity or foundation either during lifetime or through the estate is a significant source of joy for many clients, and an opportunity to teach and pass down a love of philanthropy to their children.
Advanced Insurance Planning
In each area of estate, succession and philanthropic planning, there is an opportunity to gain efficiency by utilizing tax-advantaged products like life insurance to achieve the planning goals. By applying an insurance strategy uniquely designed for the client’s particular scenario, significant efficiencies can be obtained, while providing the confidence that the liquidity will be provided to meet the client’s goals precisely when required.
Jerry Gedir is Managing Partner of Continuity, a firm specializing in succession and estate planning for entrepreneurs and family businesses across Western Canada, for more than 34 years.
Jerry is a graduate of the College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan, and holds a Chartered Life Underwriter designation.
He is an active member of the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU) -an association of the top life underwriters, tax and legal professionals working in the advanced insurance and tax planning markets.
Jerry has written and spoken widely on advanced insurance planning, shareholder agreements, charitable gift planning, business succession and estate planning matters for many professional and educational organizations including the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Estate Planning Councils, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers (ADVOCIS), the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU), and several other business and trade associations.
CoraLee Baerg is a partner at Continuity, and provides planning for business succession, estate planning, wealth transfer, and charitable giving strategies.
A graduate of the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan, CoraLee earned her B.Comm with Great Distinction. CoraLee holds the Chartered Accountant designation, which she obtained articling at a national accounting firm in Saskatoon. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF), which provides insight on tax issues affecting Canadians today.
At work, CoraLee enjoys providing technical solutions to complex issues, in a way that is easy for clients to understand. Providing valuable advice that achieves client’s goals and wishes is CoraLee’s greatest joy in her work.
Away from work, she and her husband Terry enjoy going to the lake in the summer, and chasing around their two little kids.
Step 1: Discovery
Possibly the most crucial of all planning stages, is the Discovery phase. Our goal is to uncover what is truly most important to each individual, so that a unique plan can be crafted to achieve even the loftiest goals. Creating a clear and strong foundation at this stage, enables us to keep your true wishes at the forefront, and not get lost in the details.
Step 2: Analysis
After gaining a thorough understanding of where you want to go, we analyze all relevant data, working in concert with your other professional advisors, to get where you want to go. We bring together the strengths of our diversified team to ensure we are able to reach the best integrated recommendation.
Step 3: Recommendations
Recommendations will be provided to you in a timely manner, which will summarize the results of our analysis and the options we believe best meet the goals established in Discovery. We will be pleased to discuss each alternative in as much or as little detail as you require.
Step 4: Implementation
Once you have reviewed and selected the recommendation that is best suited to meet your needs, we will work with your other professional advisors to see that the plan is implemented in a timely fashion, and in accordance with your wishes. Of course, as your situation evolves, we are ready to grow with you and update any implemented plans as needed.
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