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Your Next Move… Is It Time To Downsize?

We are pleased to announce that Michael Kennedy will be on a panel of estate planning and downsizing professionals on Wednesday November 9, 2016, starting at 2pm at Life After Fifty in the WFCU Centre located at 8787 McHugh St., Windsor, Ontario.

“Downsizing is an opportunity to unlock home equity to generate retirement income, pay down debt, or simply enjoy life.  For most people, their house is their biggest asset.  It’s also their biggest expense.  But when it comes to retirement planning, a house often falls to the bottom of the list involving changes in later life.”

Michael will focus on the cross border estate planning needs for Canadian snowbirds with property in Florida and throughout the United States.  Whether you currently own property in the U.S. or are interested in learning about property ownership in the U.S., this event is for you.

Likely questions to answered include:
1. What happens to my property in the United States upon my death?
2. How does the U.S. Estate Tax affect me?
3. How long can we spend in the United States each year?
4. Do I need a separate Will and Power of Attorney to cover my property in the United States?


Panelists include:

Danielle Carriere from ONESource Moving Solutions for Seniors.  Danielle opened ONESource Moving Solutions for Seniors in January 2014.  She is an expert in Facilitating moves, as a Certified Relocation Transition Specialist and a member of the National Association of Senior Move Manager.  Active memberships and accreditation with these organizations ensures that through regular training, Danielle and her team are continually able to assist older adults, their families and caregivers through every step of the often difficult and stressful move process. She was born and raised in Essex County and resides here with her husband Mike and their 3 children.

Michael Kennedy is an American lawyer with 15 years experience in California, Michigan, Florida and the last 5 years spent in Canada specializing in cross border situations.  Michael works with Canadians that own property or have financial accounts in the U.S. and advises them on the benefits of cross border estate planning & the consequences of owning property in a foreign country.  Michael handles wills & trusts, powers of attorney, probate administrations and estate tax compliance in the U.S.  He is admitted to practice law in the States of California & Michigan and permitted by the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide U.S. legal services in Ontario as a Foreign Legal Consultant.  Michael is a graduate of Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts (J.D.), Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC (LL.M. in Tax) and the University of Windsor (B. Comm.).  Michael lives in St. Clair Beach with his son Easton and their 2 dogs.  To learn more about Michael and his firm, Ingenuity Counsel, visit   

Tracy Cull from Royal Bank.  Tracy is an Accredited Financial Planner with RBC, having held her current position as Financial Planner, Investment and Retirement Planning for the last 6 years. She has been working in the Financial Services Industry for over 18 years and holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Laurentian University. She lives in the Riverside area with her husband and two sons.

John Jedlinski from Shibley Righton law firm.  John was born and raised in Windsor. John attended the University of Windsor for his undergrad in Business and then later for his law degree as well.  John has been in practice for 24 years and was formerly a partner with Wilson Walker Hochberg Slopen and its predecessor Miller Canfield.  John joined Shibley Righton in 2014 and is partner.  John’s practice includes Business Law, Real Estate, Business Immigration and Wills and Estates. 

Kathleen Sturba from Royal LePage Realty. Kathleen acquired her Senior Real Estate designation in 2007 and has helped many seniors over the years.  She was able to help her parents in 2015 and has first hand knowledge of the whole process leading up to the sale..  Kathleen and her team have been consistent top producers with Royal LePage ranking in the top 3% for two years in a row.  Our goal is to deliver a positive, enjoyable experience that exceeds your expectations.  Our business is built from the introductions of friends, family and the people that our clients care about.




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