Bulletin | October 14, 2021

Preserving Inter-Generational Wealth Through Succession Planning

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An overview of International Pension Plans (IPP’s)

One of the most important aspects of financial planning is ensuring the passing on of wealth to a spouse, family and future generations on one’s demise.

However, this is one area of financial planning that can become very complex when the deceased person’s assets or accounts are in different countries, and this is often overlooked or not provided for adequately.

Foreign Matters

All countries have their laws of succession, administrative processes dealing with the transfer of assets of the deceased and tax laws in respect of such assets. These issues are complicated but can be made more complex where no valid foreign will is held for such assets.

The implications can be significant and range from extensive time to transfer assets and associated administrative costs to unforeseen taxation and even the courts appointing recipients of such assets contrary to the expectations or intentions of the deceased. Such outcomes can be very traumatic and have a negative financial impact, which can be extreme, on people that were not expecting it.

However, IPP’s mitigate the need for foreign wills, executors, and foreign laws of succession. In short, they deal very adequately with the otherwise costly and complex matters raised above. In addition, they offer significant flexibility as to whom can be appointed as a beneficiary which can range from an individual to a trust or second pension for a spouse or dependant.

Consolidating Foreign Assets

Given the many benefits of IPP’s, it is of no surprise that many clients of OTAP have used their IPP’s to consolidate their foreign assets to benefit from the advantages and simplicity their IPP provides at the time of their passing.

Certainty and Peace of Mind

The above shows how IPP’s provide significant certainty and peace of mind to both the member and those that are intended to benefit from them. Furthermore, the death benefits are paid expediently, unlike an estate that takes many months to wind up. This ensures no financial hardship due to administrative processes and gives some reprieve at a time when family members are dealing with the passing of a loved one.

In addition to the topic of succession, IPP’s have many other benefits from asset protection to international portability.


Authored by

Alf McKnight
International Pension Specialist


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