One of the biggest advantages of CPC, in one expert’s opinion, is that the CPC’s goal is to educate, not to sell.
Providing advice to the masses and educating on the importance of preplanning, Kevin Holte runs seminars to sift through the misconceptions to help inform why it’s so important to plan ahead.
Holte is the Director of Community Education for the Canadian Preplanning Council (CPC) and has been working in the funeral industry for 25 years and has been educating others on the intricacies of preplanning for the last decade.
He runs many of the CPC’s free educational seminars where he discusses an array of topics including, wills, power of attorney, executor tips, estate settlement, strategies, funeral preplanning, and joint ownership.
“Preplanning is noble, it is more than thoughtful, it is a selfless and loving thing to do,” said Holte. “Which makes my job both meaningful and enjoyable.”
“We give objective advice”
– Kevin Holte
– Kevin Holte
He’s found an increase in misinformation over the years, due to the many for-profit companies simply trying to sell a product.
“That’s why I enjoy working with the CPC, we give objective advice,” said Holte. “There are very few sources of information on these topics that are objective.”
It is easy for companies to conveniently leave out important facts because those facts don’t perpetuate their message. The advantage of the CPC, in Holte’s opinion, is that as a not-for-profit their only goal is to educate—not sell products.
“There are so many misconceptions when it comes to preplanning,” said Holte. “Many of which are legal issues, which is why you must always speak with an expert.”
Holte has a wealth of advice, one of the biggest tips he has is to not procrastinate planning ahead. With the unpredictability of life, there’s never a good time to preplan. Picking a reliable Executor you trust is another one of Holte’s big tips.
“Taking on the duties of an Executor is challenging,” said Holte. “Making the time to preplan is a gift you leave behind for your loved ones.” Holte hopes that Canadians continue to take the initiative to educate themselves on such an important and inevitable stage of life.