Protect your assets – and your body

Mourning

It’s a very poorly known fact, but in Ontario, your executor becomes the owner of your body at the moment of your death.

Morbid, yes. But that is how it is here.

I speak to so many people who don’t see the need to have their wills done because they don’t have anything, or because everything is joint, or because they just don’t see any urgency to something that won’t affect them for decades. If protecting your assets from taxes, inappropriate relatives, or minor children isn’t enough, think about Sherman Hemsley: the actor and star of The Jeffersons died in July and still isn’t buried because of a fight over his estate.

Choosing the proper executor also means a say in how – and when – you are buried.

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