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In today’s fast-paced world, loyalty programs have become an integral part of our lives, offering perks and benefits that extend beyond the realm of travel. Among these, air travel points stand out as valuable assets accumulated through various loyalty programs and credit card perks. However, as we amass these points over time, it’s crucial to consider what happens to them when we’re no longer here. In Ontario, Estate planning extends beyond tangible assets, prompting the question: Can you leave loyalty program points to Beneficiaries in your Will?
Understanding the Landscape of Loyalty Programs: Loyalty programs vary in their policies regarding the transfer or inheritance of accumulated points. Some programs allow for seamless transfer to family members, while others impose more restrictive terms. Before making any decisions, it’s essential to carefully review the terms and conditions of each loyalty program to understand the available options fully. Navigating Legal Considerations in Ontario: In Ontario, the legal framework surrounding Estate planning encompasses a broad spectrum of assets, including digital and intangible assets like loyalty points. While traditional Estate planning typically focuses on tangible assets such as real estate and financial accounts, modern considerations necessitate a more comprehensive approach.

Key Factors to Consider: When considering the inclusion of loyalty points in your Estate planning, several key factors come into play:
Terms and Conditions: Review the terms and conditions of each loyalty program to understand their policies regarding the transfer or inheritance of points. Some programs may require specific documentation or procedures, while others may restrict the transfer

Legal Advice: Seek guidance from a qualified Estate planning lawyer familiar with the intricacies of Ontario law. They can provide personalized advice tailored to your unique circumstances, ensuring compliance with legal requirements, and maximizing the
effectiveness of your Estate plan.

Documentation: Keep thorough records of your loyalty program memberships, including account details, passwords, and any relevant documentation. This information will facilitate the administration of your Estate and ensure a smooth transfer of points to
your chosen Beneficiaries. At Smartwills, we do provide all our Estate Planning Clients with a resource kit that is specifically designed to hold and categorize all of our Client’s most important documents, all organized for your family successors.

Communication: If you intend to leave loyalty points to specific Beneficiaries, communicate your wishes clearly and document them in your Will. Open communication can help prevent misunderstandings and disputes among family members regarding the distribution of assets. In the digital age, Estate planning extends beyond traditional assets to encompass digital and intangible assets like air travel points accumulated through loyalty programs. In Ontario, navigating the complexities of Estate planning requires careful consideration of legal requirements, loyalty program policies, and individual circumstances. By seeking professional advice, understanding relevant policies, and documenting your intentions clearly, you can ensure that your loyalty points are transferred to your chosen Beneficiaries following your wishes, providing peace of mind for you and your loved ones alike. For additional information on this subject check out our Learning Centre


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This material is for general information and educational purposes only. Information is based on data gathered from what we believe are reliable sources. It is not guaranteed as to accuracy, does not purport to be complete and is not intended to be used as a primary basis for investment decisions.