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FOCA Cottage Succession – OVERVIEW

Next scheduled event: “Targeting Tax webinar” with estate lawyer Peter Lillico on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30PM (EDT).

This digital event is free to FOCA members and supporters, but pre-registration is required by 4:30pm on Thursday Sept. 24. Be certain to specify your FOCA affiliation in the registration. Click here to submit your registration. Once you are confirmed, you’ll be sent the link to use to join the webinar event.

More about this webinar: Find out how capital gains tax works; how to avoid it; techniques to reduce or defer it; and planning approaches to fund it. Peter will speak for about one hour, and then take questions for an additional 20-30 minutes. Questions can be submitted ahead of time, or during the webinar. The speaker’s slides will be shared with attendees in a post-event email; however, the recording will not be shared. It is intended to become the third in our series of digital talks, that can be purchased using the links below.


2020 Season – Due to the pandemic, our planned in-person events were replaced with a webinar option on June 3rd. This was a live event and was not recorded. Please see below for DVD options, if you would like to review the Introductory session, or a deeper-dive about Cottage Sharing Agreements.

DVDs of Peter’s talks are available:Cottage Succession DVD cover

DVD #1 – Keeping the ‘Family’ in the Family Cottage – an introduction and overview of considerations for starting your cottage succession plan, from estate lawyer Peter Lillico (recorded 2014)

dvd-cottage-sharing-agreements-dvd2-cover-image-2016DVD #2 – Cottage Sharing Agreements – an in-depth look at considerations for creating a Cottage Sharing Agreement, an important step in your cottage succession process, with estate lawyer Peter Lillico (recorded 2016)

About the FOCA Cottage Succession Seminar Series

Cloyne Cottage Succession Peter speaking June 2011 WEBRES

FOCA has been “on the road” with estate lawyer Peter Lillico for the past decade, bringing information to cottage owners about ways to keep the cottage in the family for the next generation.

How will your family manage the generational transfer of the cottage ownership? Learn what you need to do NOW, to protect the family cottage for the future. Each session includes valuable information about parts of the process:

  1. KEEPING THE ‘FAMILY ‘IN THE FAMILY COTTAGE (this is the recommended introductory/overview session) – Cottage succession planning intro, with an overview of  the legal, tax and family issues that need to be addressed.
  2. AVOIDING ADVERSITY – Why a Cottage Sharing Agreement is the crucial first foundation for shared future family cottage ownership; what protections and provisions they must include; and how best to develop one for your family.
  3. TARGETING TAX – How capital gains tax works; how to avoid it; techniques to reduce or defer it; planning approaches to fund it.
  4. TRUSTING THE COTTAGE – How a combination of trust techniques can combine to: retain control of the cottage by the parents for their lifetimes; ensure that the cottage passes to their children after their death without probate tax; provide protections for the cottage against children’s creditors or divorcing spouses. Peter’s advice on trusts was referred to by Penny Caldwell in the early summer 2018 Cottage Life Magazine as “sweet and innovative.”
  5. COTTAGES AT THE CROSSROADS: Choosing the Path – This session assumes the cottagers want to keep the cottage in the family and explains the pros and cons of different succession vehicles: Direct personal ownership by children; corporate ownership; or trust ownership.
Please contact the FOCA office if you are interested in holding a Cottage Succession event in your area in the future.

image: Peter LillicoGet additional notes from estate lawyer Peter Lillico about leaving the cottage to the kids, online here: http://www.lbghlaw.com/cottages.php

To contact Peter at his Peterborough office (remember to tell him FOCA sent you!):

plillico@lbghlaw.com  705-743-3577


2019 Seminars took place at:

Balsam Lake Association – June 1st, 2019 in Coboconk
North Mara Beach Residents Association – June 22nd, 2019 in Ramara
Cavendish Community Ratepayers Association Inc. – July 6th, 2019
Lake Networking Group – July 7th, 2019 in Perth
Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners Association – July 27th, 2019
Soyers Lake Ratepayers Association Inc. – September 21st, 2019

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Additional info for our American friends with cottages in Ontario:

image: American Friends of Canadian Land TrustIn early June 2016, FOCA met up with the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts (AF) to discuss the connection between conservation and cottage succession planning for American owners of property in Ontario’s cottage country. AF helps U.S. taxpayers learn about and address the challenges of Canadian capital gains, and explore how they can create a conservation strategy for their lands that will meet their financial goals.

Get info, including links to AF, here: https://foca.on.ca/land-trusts-partners-in-conservation/
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