How to Maximize Your Inheritance in Canada (and minimize your fees)

How to Maximize Your Inheritance in Canada - Selene Soo

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One critical topic that can have a substantial financial impact on both us and our loved ones, is the subject of inheritance, and how to ensure that you and your loved ones don’t end up overpaying in both taxes and fees, once the whole inheritance process starts taking place. 

To help me with this subject, I’d like to welcome back Selene Soo on the show. We learned a lot from her last time in the interview on annuities, and this time, we’re going to focus on some best practices, when it comes to inheritance.

Selene is the Director of Wealth Products at RBC Insurance. She has been in the wealth management industry for over two decades, so she definitely has a really large wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to different retirement planning solutions, whether it’s annuities, segregated funds, and much more.

Enjoy the episode, I hope you learn a lot from the session, thanks for tuning in, and now, let’s get into the interview.

Resources from the Episode:

Retirement Investment Solutions – RBC Insurance

Facebook: @RBCInsurance


Check out my previous interview with Selene on Annuities – Guaranteed Income for Life


  1. Why is it important to have an estate plan here in Canada?

  2. Selene, I was told that you and your team did a new survey when it comes to how prepared Canadians are when it comes to inheritance. Can you take us through the insights and lessons learned from those results, that we can then apply to our own lives?

  3. One component that I think is a bit of an unknown for those of us that haven’t gone through the process, is the subject of probate and probate fees. Can you speak to this, and what are the options available to us for minimizing probate fees?

  4. Are there any other fees or taxes that we should be aware of when thinking of inheritance and estate planning?

  5. I suspect that the word “will” is often used interchangeably with “estate planning”. Can you speak to what the differences are between the two, in particular, so that we can all be aware of the different components of estate planning here in Canada, and plan accordingly.

  6. To tie everything together, can you give us a synopsis as well as anything else that you’d like to add in regard to best practices that we Canadians can do to ensure that we have this critical part of our financial planning taken care of?

  7. When it comes to inheritance and estate planning, I suspect that I common challenge most Canadians experience, is bringing up the subject with their loved ones, and then carefully navigating some of the really sensitive and emotion triggering questions that inevitably come up. How do you think it’s best to bring this subject up? and what are some good questions to ask, and “next actions” to do, to actually get the ball rolling on this project?

  8. Can you tell us more about what you and your team do, and direct us to any educational resources that we may find helpful when we start working on optimizing our inheritance and estate planning?

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