Named an executor? The Wealthy Barber says, “Renounce!”


“If you’re named executor, please get professionals involved. I don’t mean psychiatrists, though that may be a good move, too.”

This video is part of a three-part myth busting series aimed to dispel common estate planning beliefs many Canadians have. The series is produced in collaboration between RBC Wealth Management Royal Trust and David Chilton, author of best-selling personal finance guides The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns, and former dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. #TrustRoyalTrust

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Myth: Being named an executor is an honour but also a minor inconvenience.

Fact: Being named an executor is an honour but also a major, hard-to-believe-how-stressful, incredibly-time-consuming inconvenience.

Family dynamics and executor pitfalls: dispelling common estate planning beliefs

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The Wealthy Barber on how a cottage can complicate estate planning

“The last thing you want is for your cottage, a place of great memories, a true family treasure, to end up being a wedge that drives your family apart.”

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The Wealthy Barber’s tips for choosing the right executor

“I don’t want to be an executor. Too much work. Too much stress. Too much potential liability.”

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