In case you missed it the Globe and Mail, Rob Carrick, had a great article “A Guide to Naming a Beneficiary of your TFSA, RRSP and RRIF published February 10, 2017. The article is a great summary about the ways in which you could transfer wealth using these products.
Each year we review our beneficiaries with our clients to ensure not only the correct intent for future ownership of the asset, but the tax strategy and savings created by correctly naming beneficiaries.
One item missed in this article is that documentation for registered accounts (RRSP, RRIF, TFSA, LIRA, etc.) are legal documents. Depending on when the document is dated it can supersede your will. Be careful to ensure your intent is aligned correctly with your actions in naming a beneficiary.
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