Check Your Beneficiaries

When was the last time you checked the beneficiaries of your accounts?

Check your beneficiaries

You work hard for your money and providing for your family.  With many of your investment accounts, your benefits at work and your life insurance policies, you can name a beneficiary.  This is the person or people you’d like your assets to go to when you pass away.

Keep in mind that your investment account has to be “registered” to be able to name a beneficiary. Here’s a partial list to check:

  • RRSPs (at work, individual or spousal ones)
  • Locked-in RRSPs
  • RRIFs
  • Life insurance policies (personal and at work)
  • Pensions

Many people don’t realize their beneficiaries may be out of date or misaligned with the wishes in their will.

Make time this week to check your beneficiaries especially if you’ve recently married, remarried or just got a divorce.


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