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Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant John Barabe Discusses Inflation and Investments

John Barabe is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant and he has an unwavering commitment to quality and service which has enabled him to build and retain a successful practice in Regina. He and his team of Regina financial professionals and support staff believe that planning with honesty and integrity are cornerstones to improving their clients' quality of life. He applies his knowledge to help clients make the right choices when considering all the product and service options that exist in today's marketplace. In his latest Trusted Regina financial expert article, he shares information on investment strategies and how to keep up with the pace of inflation. 

Do your Investments Keep Up with The Pace Of Inflation?


If you need $1000 per month for expenses and you have $1,000,000 in deposit accounts (for example a guaranteed investment certificate, term deposit, or savings account) earning 1.2% you are set, right? Well, if inflation is 2% the expenses will increase from $12,000 to $14,628 in 10 years and to $17,831 in 20 years. Your investment falls short of the income you need so you end up spending your original capital to make up the shortfall. 


What you need is a return that will allow you to draw an income that keeps up with the cost of living.  


Let’s simplify further with an example of the poor current deposit account returns:


In 1991 $150,000 invested in one year GIC’s earned enough to purchase a new Ford.

In 2011 $150,000 invested in 1 year GIC’s earned enough to purchase the same 1991 Ford.



Despite record low interest rates, you still need an income from your investments. If your investment return is coming from a guaranteed deposit account currently, you may not even be keeping up with inflation.  

What if there were a way to get a better return, a reasonable return, and still remain low risk? 

Unfortunately many people that need income for retirement or even just an investment return that is reasonable are not getting this direction.  I will provide you with access to unique methods to reduce risk, while allowing you the returns you deserve with the objective of maximizing your returns. I want to assure you there are investment strategies that can outpace inflation and provide you with reasonable retirement income. 


I thank you for reading this article and would like to offer you a value-added service for your time. I will make myself available to act as a sounding board. Please understand, you do not need to become a client to take advantage of this service. The reason I do this is because I became a financial advisor to help people make informed choices with their financial future. It’s very gratifying. One of two things typically occurs when going through this process; either I validate for you that your current approach is fundamentally solid, or I reveal a few minor flaws that you might want to consider adjusting.  As you know, minor adjustments can often lead to major improvements down the road. Either way, I will make myself available and ensure that this is a great investment of your time.


John Barabe, Madison Schenher and team.


John Barabe  is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant




Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant John Barabe Discusses Protecting Your Principal

John Barabe is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant and he has an unwavering commitment to quality and service which has enabled him to build and retain a successful practice in Regina. He and his team of Regina financial professionals and support staff believe that planning with honesty and integrity are cornerstones to improving their clients' quality of life. He applies his knowledge to help clients make the right choices when considering all the product and service options that exist in today's marketplace. In his latest Trusted Regina financial expert article, he shares information on protecting your principal when investing. 

Protecting Your Principal 

There are many managed money (mutual fund-like) investment options. In Canada alone, there are over 20,000, and there are a further 70 plus financial institutions offering GIC’s and term deposits. A program I subscribe to lists over 100,000 investment alternatives and this is by no means comprehensive. That’s a lot to sort through! 

 

Do You Invest? 


If you invest your money into stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or a managed investment that is made up of any of these, the risk to your capital can be greater than you are willing to accept. With so many choices out there it can feel like a gamble with your life savings to pick one. If you invest in GIC’s you have a guaranteed yield, but how are you going to generate a fair return? GIC rates are among the lowest they have ever been in Canada, so this is not a good thing when you are about to earn your living from the interest. 


$500,000 invested in a 2% GIC earns $833 a month. This is very modest living from your life’s savings leaving you no alternative but to spend less or use up your invested capital if you need more.


So What Is The Solution?  


Just because interest rates are very low in Canada, does not mean they are just as low everywhere in the world. I can provide you the right direction and expertise so you can be safely rewarded by gaining access to these higher interest rates.


What About Using The Stock Market?  


In order to get a better rate of return than the near-zero returns that a guaranteed investment provides, many people turn to the stock market. Although in many years you may do well the obvious downfall here is that without warning the stock market can drop significantly taking your life savings with it.  


Suppose I told you there is a way to avoid these major declines but still have the upside the stock market provides?  



Think of how house insurance protects you from your house burning to the ground. Insurance provides a cheque that offsets your losses. It makes you whole once again (minus your deductible). We have no idea when our house could burn to the ground, just as we do not know when the stock market will experience its next major decline. I can protect your life savings in a manner very similar to how house insurance protects your house, eliminating the need to know when the next crash will happen.



Let’s call your investment protection “price drop insurance”.  With this protection in place, you can participate in the good years without having to expose yourself to the bad. You can sleep at night knowing you have protection and no longer need a crystal ball.


If you had any portion of your investments in stocks, you know how badly you did with the stock market crash in 2008. We all know that the stock market will experience another major decline again. My clients did better because of this 2008 stock market crash than they would have without it because there is above average opportunity, but only in the right direction. The good news for them is that the stock market will go down again, allowing the opportunity for above-average returns again.  


How will you fare with the next stock market correction?  


I would be glad to share with you more details of how my clients profit from market declines.  

On that note, we are past due for the next major market decline. I also have evidence that the next stock market decline will be significant. I would like to offer you a value-added service for taking the time to read this article.I will make myself available to act as a sounding board. Please understand, you do not need to become a client to take advantage of this service. The reason I do this is that I became a financial advisor to help people make informed decisions about their financial future. It’s very fulfilling.  

One of two things typically occurs when going through this process; either I validate for you that your current approach is fundamentally solid, or I reveal a few minor flaws that you might want to consider adjusting.  


As you know, minor adjustments can often lead to major improvements down the road. Either way, I will make myself available and ensure that this is a great investment of your time.


Sincerely,

John Barabe, Madison Schenher and team.


John Barabe  is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant




Trusted Regina Insurance Provider Campbell & Haliburton Insurance Answers Questions Regarding Renter's Insurance

Trusted Regina Insurance experts at Campbell and Haliburton Insurance Inc have been in the community for over 50 years. They know it is customer service and knowledge that counts when you are in need of an insurance company in Regina. Campbell & Haliburton Insurance, myCH.ca, dedicated insurance brokers in Regina can assist you with finding the plan that works best for you. In their latest Trusted Regina Insurance Tip, they share what you need to know about renter's insurance.

You have found a place to rent. Fantastic! You have arranged for movers (whether professional or friends to help). Great! You have even downloaded an app to help you decide how to arrange your furniture. Fun! But what about renter’s insurance?

Renter's Insurance

Renter's Insurance, sometimes called tenant insurance, can sound scary, complicated, and worse still expensive. But it does not need to be all that difficult. And often people find it to be less expensive than they first thought.

At Campbell & Haliburton Insurance, myCH, we can help unravel the mystery of renter’s insurance. Most renter’s insurance policies will protect you in two important ways – both your contents and your liability.

Caveat: There are a number of insurance companies that sell renter’s insurance here in Canada. There are similarities between them but also differences. This is not designed to be the definitive word on what each individual policy covers. Rather it is designed to provide a “broad brush” overview of what renter’s insurance does. For specifics on what your policy does, and does not provide, please speak with your broker or agent.

Contents Insurance

The first thing that renter’s insurance does is protect your belongings. There are two major questions that you need to answer when arranging contents insurance.

1. How Much Insurance Do I Need?

This can be a difficult question to answer. After all, most people do not purchase all their belongings at once. We acquire them over time, some new, some second hand. It can seem like an impossible task to come up with how much you have spent on your “stuff”.

When figuring out the amount of insurance that you need – ask yourself the question, “If I needed to buy everything brand new, what would it cost?” Most renter’s insurance policies are based on “replacement cost.” Replacement cost means the amount that it would take to purchase what you had with brand new items.

Many people fall into the trap of thinking, “But my things are old; they are not worth that much.” That may be true, but when it comes to insurance ask the question: "What would it cost if you needed to go on a shopping spree and buy everything brand new?" When thinking of this, remember that most policies will allow you to purchase the same kind and quality as what you had. So, if that old couch is very well made you would be able to purchase the same quality of couch in the event of a claim.

Many insurance companies have a minimum amount of contents insurance that they will provide, for example, $30,000 is quite common. Would that amount be enough? It is a good starting point, but everyone has a unique set of belongings and everyone has a different set of needs.

One tool that is available is a record of your belongings. This can be found on SGI's website. While it is not strictly necessary to complete a record like this, it is a valuable tool in determining how much insurance you need.

2. What Kind of Insurance Do I Need?

Once you have determined how much insurance you require, the next question to ask is what kind of insurance best meets your needs. There are essentially two different types of contents insurance: a more basic form of insurance and more comprehensive insurance.


Named Perils Insurance

The first form of insurance is named perils. It has different names depending on the insurance company. It may be called Pak I or Broad Form. Each company has a different name. So please do not rely on the name, make sure that you understand what it actually provides.

As the name implies, “Named Perils” provides insurance for a specific number of perils. A peril is an event that is unexpected and accidental.

 Common named perils would include:

  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Explosion
  • Smoke
  • Falling Object
  • Impact of Aircraft, Spacecraft of Land Vehicle
  • Wind/Hail
  • Water Escape
  • Vandalism
  • Theft


  • For a named perils policy to respond, one of the specifically listed named perils would have needed to occur. If something other than one of the specially listed things happened there would be no insurance. Named Perils policies often specifically define some of the terms and restrict what is, and is not, covered by them.

    Comprehensive Perils Insurance


    The second form of contents insurance is comprehensive insurance. As the name implies, this is a much broader form of insurance than is named perils.

    Named Perils Insurance specifically tells you what is covered, Comprehensive Insurance tells you what is not covered. It is often called all-risk insurance as it covers all risks except those specifically excluded.

    Typical exclusions would include:
    • Flooding
    • Seepage
    • Exclusions when the property is vacant
    • Pet Damage
    • Normal Wear and Tear
    There are some day-to-day advantages of comprehensive insurance over named perils.

    • The first is a philosophical difference. With named perils insurance the onus is on the insured (person who purchased the insurance) to show where something is covered. With comprehensive insurance that responsibility is shifted to the insurance company. Unless they can point to a specific exclusion, the insurance company must pay the loss.
    • Accidental Damage – Comprehensive Insurance typically provides insurance for accidental damage whereas named perils does not. For example, if a person dropped a big-screen television or spilled a glass of red wine on the couch most comprehensive insurance policies would provide coverage whereas named perils would often not.
    • Mysterious Disappearance  Named Perils policies typically cover if things are stolen, but not if they are lost. Comprehensive insurance often covers loss as well. If your diamond ring goes missing or the gem falls out of it comprehensive insurance would usually respond and pay the claim where named perils would likely not.
    • Smoke  Some named perils policies provide very restrictive coverage for smoke damage. Comprehensive Insurance provides much better coverage for things like candle smoke.
    So which policy is better for you? Comprehensive insurance is a significantly better policy than a Named Perils policy is. Typically, the price difference, on a renter’s policy, is not that much between the two. If your budget allows for it, we recommend Comprehensive Insurance.

    With renter’s insurance, as with most kinds of insurance, there are a few things to be aware of:
    • Insurance policies carry with them a deductible. A deductible is a portion that you must pay in the event of a loss. For example, if you have a $500 deductible you would be responsible for any amounts up to the first $500 of any claim.
    • Whenever you file a claim you can expect to see your premium increase.
    • Most policies have specific items that they put limits of insurance on. For example, there are maximums that will be paid out for things such as jewelry, stamp or coin collections, or bicycles to name a few. We recommend that you review these with your broker or contact one of our helpful insurance brokers at Campbell & Haliburton.

    Liability Insurance

    Liability Insurance protects you if others are harmed due to your negligence. Liability insurance has two “triggers” that they use.
    • Bodily Injury – Someone gets injured because of what you did or did not do. Suppose you are renting a house and are responsible for keeping the sidewalk shoveled and safe. But if someone slips on the ice and is injured you might be found by the courts to be liable. Your renter’s insurance provides liability insurance to protect you in this situation.
    • Property Damage – Provides coverage when there is damage to someone else’s property due to your actions. For example, if you are cooking and cause a fire the landlord might want you (or your insurance company) to pay for damages to their house.
    Liability Insurance is generally included in a renter’s insurance policy.

    A few things to think of:
    • Cost – In Canada, liability insurance on a renter’s policy is relatively inexpensive. Many policies provide you with $1,000,000 of liability insurance. However, the cost to increase this is generally very low. Since liability insurance is designed to protect you from potentially catastrophic events, we recommend increasing the amount of liability insurance.
    • The Fine Print Some liability insurance policies provide restrictions on when it will pay out. We strongly recommend that you speak with your insurance broker to ensure that you are aware of any limitations.
    Renters insurance is a relatively cost-effective way to not only protect yourself in the event the unthinkable happens.

    Are you ready for a personalized insurance quote? Our easy user-friendly website makes this both easy and convenient. Do you need more information? Please contact Campbell & Haliburton, one of our expert insurance brokers. If you don’t have an insurance broker and want to talk to someone who is truly passionate about your insurance, contact us at Campbell & Haliburton Insurance. We would love to talk to you.

    - Daryl Arendt, Office Manager & Licensed Insurance Broker

    Our Trusted Regina Insurance Agents at Campbell & Haliburton have your best interests and safety in mind and our commitment to customer service is one of the pillars of our business. We also know insurance inside and out, so please contact us for all of your insurance needs and we will be more than happy to help ensure what you value most is protected.

    Campbell & Haliburton's doors opened in 1957.  Since then, they have seen run-away inflation, recessions, and now, a global pandemic. Through it all, their doors have remained open as they are committed to providing outstanding service to you. No matter what the next years and decades bring they have committed to continue to stay open to serve you.

    Campbell and Haliburton Insurance are a Trusted Regina Insurance provider.

    They offer many different insurance policies to protect the most important areas of your life including:



    Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant John Barabe Discusses Boom and Bust

    John Barabe  is a Trusted Regina Financial Management Consultant and he has an unwavering commitment to quality and service which has enabled him to build and retain a successful practice in Regina. He and his team of Regina financial professionals and support staff  believe that planning with honesty and integrity are cornerstones to improving their clients' quality of life. He applies his knowledge to help clients make the right choices when considering all the product and service options that exist in today's marketplace. In his latest Trusted Regina financial expert article he shares a Boom and Bust Report! 


    Boom Bust Report

    August 2021


    I am sending this out as material information to keep everyone informed. This is not a solicitation for any investment. This is only meant to provide perspective and update you as best as I can from the extensive ongoing research that I do.

     

    Market REALITY

     

    We live in interesting times. In history there have been bubbles; however, they used to be contained to a region or asset. The Dutch Tulip Bubble (1630’s), South Sea Bubble (1720), 1929 crash, and more recently the 2000 Dot Com Bubble and the 2008 U.S. Housing bubble to name a few. But none of these engulfed the entire world. Fast forward to today. By nearly any metric, the stock markets are now at highs never seen before. 


    How is this possible? 


    Companies are shut down, closing stores and offices, or running way below capacity due to an inability to bring in workers and customers staying home.









    Bond prices are also in the stratosphere. Since when do negative interest rates make any sense? This is the epitome of a bubble. Negative interest rates are only possible when investors overpay so much for a bond, that they are guaranteed to lose money. Interest rates around the world are either near, at, or below zero. Thus, loans are super cheap as interest rates are the lowest in human history (because bonds are the highest priced in history). 

     

    To complete the “everything” bubble, we must include real estate. Real estate prices are a factor of the affordability of the monthly payment. Even though real estate prices are extremely high, payments are still affordable due to the lowest interest rates in history. Recent increases in housing are now eclipsing payment affordability despite the record low rates. If rates were “normal”, housing prices would have to be much lower.






    The bubble is not limited to stocks, bonds, and real estate. There are other signs of a bubble. Intangible Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT-digital record of ownership), empty canvasses, non-existent music and most recently a woman’s intangible “love” have been priced in the many thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars! Really? 

     

    Wondering what an NFT is? 


    In order to really understand an NFT on an intangible asset, I will equate it to a tangible asset like a house. With an NFT you own a document that says you own the “house”. But anyone else can own the house as well (digital copy is identical to the original) and the masses can and have downloaded your house exactly as you did. The only difference is you paid a fortune for the ownership document. See the following example.

     

    A digital artist named Mike Winkelmann sold his NFT (of the below image ) for US $69 million!! 

    What did the buyer get? Anyone can still view “Beeple’s” original and even make exact copies of it at no cost. $69 million just does not buy what it used to. In my mind the buyer bought nothing.




    There is evidence of a major bubble, now well known as the everything bubble (do your own search of the “everything bubble”). We know logic would have us buy low and sell high. When we buy high, we reduce our potential for return and increase our downside exposure (increase risk). The masses buy high and sell low despite this logic. Success secret: do the opposite. 

     

    Regardless of the evidence that stocks, bonds, and real estate are in a bubble, there are still great opportunities for your life savings. Being aware of the dangers allows you to protect yourself and even profit from the opportunities they provide. 

     

    I hope you are enjoying the remaining summer as we all know too well what comes next. If you have any questions, or just want to catch up, please feel free to touch base by email, phone or with an in-office appointment. 

     

    Sincerely,

    John Barabe, Madison Schenher and team.



     


    Sources: 

    https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/062315/five-largest-asset-bubbles-history.asp

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/23/the-stock-market-is-at-or-near-the-most-expensive-levels-ever-by-most-measures-when-will-it-matter.html

    https://currentmarketvaluation.com/models/buffett-indicator.php

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307846512_Corporate_Reporting_of_Non-GAAP_Earnings_and_SEC_Compliance

    https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/070915/how-negative-interest-rates-work.asp

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/negative-interest-rates-absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know/

    https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/beeple-first-5000-days/beeple-b-1981-1/112924

    5 and 6 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-nothing-has-never-been-more-valuable-than-it-is-now/

    Earlier this month, the Italian artist Salvatore Garau sold Nothing for a mere €15,000 ($22,000) – making him an underachiever extraordinaire at a time when Nothing is sacred, and people are clamouring to pay millions for it.

    “You do not see it but it exists; it is made of air and spirit,” Mr. Garau said of his “immaterial sculpture,” titled Io Sono. “It is a work that asks you to activate the power of imagination.” And yet, if he had been financially savvy, he would have issued an NFT, a non-fungible token, for the work. Back in March, a digital artist named Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, sold a digital collage as an NFT – not some physical artifact, but just a spritz of bits attesting to a kind of ownership-adjacent non-ownership. Anyone can still view Beeple’s original and can make exact copies at no cost. The buyer spent US$69-million.

     

    https://www.makeuseof.com/what-do-you-actually-own-if-you-buy-an-nft/

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/shortcuts/2013/jan/28/church-sold-out-cd-silence

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_silent_musical_compositions

    https://nypost.com/2021/07/29/polish-influencer-just-sold-her-love-as-an-nft-for-250k/

    http://www.olivertalamayan.com/success-secret-do-the-opposite-of-what-everyone-is-doing/

    10 https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/beeple-first-nft-artwork-at-auction-sale-result/index.html

    11 https://www.millionacres.com/real-estate-financing/articles/is-home-affordability-out-the-door-for-2021/

    11 https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/local-niagara-falls/news/2021/05/07/housing-affordability-plummets-in-niagara-in-2021.html

    11 https://wowa.ca/calculators/affordability   According to BMO, home buyers must have a minimum 5% down payment for homes worth less than $500K. For homes between $500K and $1M, home buyers must have at least 5% for the first $500K and 10% for the remaining amount. For homes worth more than $1M, home buyers must have a minimum 20% down payment.

    12 Ninepoint presentation July 21, 2021 slides 10 and 11. 

    13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qfgTf09f5I&t=1825s  well done research that details how the world used gold/silver for most of history. The reserve currency misinformation chart that is used wide spread. Less to do with reserve currency and more to do with fiat. 

     

     

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    Trusted Regina Lawyers at MacKay & McLean Share 5 Tips If You Are Considering A Separation

    MacKay & McLean provides the professional services of a large Regina law firm, with the intimate attention of a small firm. The legal process can be daunting and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. MacKay & McLean is with you every step of the way.

    MacKay &  McLean are TRUSTED REGINA LAWYERS. In their latest tip they provide their top legal tips for individuals going through or considering separation


    Top 5 Things To Consider when Going Through A Separation 





    So, you’ve separated. Now what?

    The short answer? It depends.

    As with most things, separation can take one of many paths, and there is no universal approach. Generally, we see two paths: an easy way and a hard way. The easy way involves agreement and, often, compromise. The hard way usually involves lawyers, courts, and a lot of time, money, and emotional hardship.

    If you’re certain this is the end of the relationship, I suggest you read the rest of this article. If you think you are just taking some time apart, it may be pre-emptive to consider the following steps. Please keep in mind that these suggestions are aimed at those who have truly reached the end of their relationship. Even If you were never legally married, the law may still consider you a spouse. This will vary by jurisdiction, legislation, and context, but in Saskatchewan, the rule of thumb is that one obtains property and support rights and or obligations after two years of living together.

    If you were legally married or a spouse, here are the top 5 things you need to consider after separation.

    1. IF YOU HAVE KIDS, PLAN YOUR PARENTING ARRANGEMENT

    After separation, you must consider your parenting arrangement. Your child, or children, are of primary importance. How you handle things now will have a lasting impact on your relationship with them, their schooling, their friendships, and their state of mind. Accordingly, a lot of thought should go into this.

    The Children’s Law Act, 2020 sets out that parents are presumed to have joint decision-making authority and responsibilities. No longer do courts in Saskatchewan look at simply custody and access. The primary focus is on what is in the best interest of the child or children.

    The court will focus on the age of the child and their stage of development, the child’s relationship with each parent, each parent’s willingness to support the development and maintenance of the child’s relationship with the other parent, and so on.

    When agreeing to a parenting arrangement, you should discuss things such as the weekly schedule, holidays (including long weekends), birthdays, summer vacation, and family travel. Make sure to keep in mind the child’s schedule, as well as what is realistic and possible with each parent’s work schedule.

    Ultimately, there is not a single “correct” arrangement, and the best plan is always going to be the one that works for your family.

    2. DECIDE WHO IS LIVING WHERE

    After separation, it is important to consider who is living where. Some have suggested that staying in the family home is paramount, but this advice is questionable. The family home is a sharable asset, no matter whose name is on the title or who continues to reside in the residence after separation.

    If there are children the primary consideration is often how to minimize any disruption in their lives. To this end, former couples may enter into “nesting agreements” where they share the home or continue to live with one another. A “legal” separation starts when the intention to live separate and apart forms.

    Often, one party will stay in the home and the other will find someplace to rent. Deciding who will live where and how it will be paid for is the focus at this stage.

    3. TAKE STOCK – INVENTORY ALL ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

    Once things have slightly settled, make a list of what you have and what you owe, along with the corresponding values of each.

    Gather information that confirms or verifies when cohabitation commenced, a copy of your marriage certificate, and any documents that support your list of assets and liabilities or debts.

    You usually don’t want to go so far as to list every dish and piece of silverware, but you should definitely list major assets, e.g. home, cabin, cars, jewelry, art, etc., and estimate the fair market value of each. Similarly, list the debt each person has.

    Upon separation, the rule of thumb is that you divide the gains during the marriage. Therefore, you should parse out the property that you had, or the value of it, prior to the marriage.

    If you had a common-law relationship, the two-year anniversary is considered the “date of marriage”.

    Decide who keeps what.

    4. GATHER TAX RETURNS

    One of the primary things lawyers will look for next is evidence as to what each party makes. This will require documentation of sorts, e.g. income tax returns, notices of assessment, and pay stubs.

    The income information can be used to determine whether one party should pay support. If you know the other party’s income, you can calculate support on your own using sites such as https://www.mysupportcalculator.ca/. Sites such as this one can help determine your budget and how much you need or have to live on.

    5. PUT IT INTO WRITING

    Once the dust begins to settle and the vision for the future becomes a little clearer, you should encapsulate everything in a separation agreement. It’s better to avoid serious issues in the future by building a good agreement today. Having a separation agreement in place makes the path going forward a little easier, including the likely divorce, and it helps avoid disputes.
    Separation agreements generally revolve around 5 things:

    • Recitals, which spell out the details of the relationship and the parties—date of cohabitation and/or marriage and date of separation;
    • Custody, access and parenting arrangements;
      Child support;
    • Division of property—who keeps what property and who takes what debt; and,
    • Spousal support—how much will be paid and for how long.

    The cost of preparing an agreement like this typically depends on how much the lawyer must negotiate, as well as how complicated the affairs are of the parties involved. For example, if the parties have lots of business entanglements, then the cost of an agreement will be higher. And, if the negotiation is already mostly done, agreements may be drawn up for a lot less.

    Click on this link to read our full article and to watch a video that provides more helpful information 

    At the end of the day, we know that this list of things to consider after separation isn’t comprehensive – it would be impossible to make a list that covers every scenario! This is why we offer a free consultation. You can call 306.569.1301 to speak with one of our experienced lawyers .We will try to get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.


    Robert Mackay and the team at Mackay & McLean offer a variety of legal services and are able to represent you in a variety of situations that require counsel. In addition, they offer a free initial consultation. They are Trusted Regina Lawyers, based in Regina Saskatchewan,  and they specialize in real estatecriminalpersonal injurycommercial & family law.


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