My name is Mark Goodfield. Welcome to The Blunt Bean Counter ™, a blog that shares my thoughts on income taxes, finance and the psychology of money. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and a partner with BDO. This blog is meant for everyone, but in particular for high net worth individuals and owners of private corporations. My posts are blunt, opinionated and even have a twist of humour/sarcasm. You've been warned. Please note the blog posts are time sensitive and subject to changes in legislation or law.

Monday, January 14, 2019

This Simple Tool Can Help Organize Your Estate


I have written numerous times over the years urging you, my readers, to get your financial affairs in order, by stress testing your finances should you pass away suddenly. While clearly a morbid topic, the rationale for the discussion is this: if you do not get your affairs in order and you pass away suddenly, you leave your family a financial mess at a time of emotional distress, anxiety and confusion.

I have had many readers personally write to thank me for urging them to undertake this task, since it provided them with financial peace of mind. They told me that in many cases, this undertaking was the catalyst for them to sit down with their spouse or significant other, review their finances, and communicate and document what financial assets they have and where they can go to find them. In addition, other non-financial issues surrounding their passing were discussed, such as funeral arrangements.

In my professional practice, I have practiced what I preached and have urged my clients to write their financial story and organize their affairs. As clients, I was able to provide them a fillable estate organizer to make their task somewhat easier.

You can link to the estate organizer and download the document here.

If you have not already taken the time to write your financial story and organize your estate, you now have no reason to procrastinate — you have a simple, fillable document to make the task much simpler.

In my next post two weeks from today, I will walk you through the organizer and what you can accomplish in completing each section of the document.
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