Estate Planning

Many well-meaning individuals who intend to make a gift to charity or a charitable purpose in a Will have their wishes defeated for a number of reasons. Set out below are some common pitfalls.

Globetrotter leaving it all to archdiocese

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Adventurous, diverse and remarkable would be three apt words to describe Lili Khayatt’s life.

Do your due diligence when donating gifts

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Many people looking to donate artwork and items in that vein to the Church or their parish come with the best of intentions, bearing gifts they believe hold incredible value — monetary or spiritual — but it’s not always the case.

A life of giving continues beyond the grave

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My mother, Marina D’Souza, was born in India, the third of five daughters. She was a sensitive and empathetic child, a trait that would serve her well in her future career.

The many ways of giving

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An estate gift to your parish or favourite charity can be your way of expressing what was important in your life. Here are some ways people can remember charities in their estate plan (and it’s a good idea to let them know so it can be noted in their files).

Common questions for future goals and five answers to start building a plan

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As individuals progress through various life stages, a number of changes or experiences can add layers and complexity to our personal situation and possibly impact our final future goals and intentions.

Shepherd’s Trust a blessing for retired priests

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Though eight years into retirement, Msgr. John Pilkauskas still has plenty to give in service to the community, thanks, he says, in large part to the support provided by The Shepherd’s Trust.

Organ donation: The gift of a lifetime

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Stuart Asselstine had every intention of becoming an organ donor but never thought he would be alive to witness a friend benefitting from his generosity.

TV Mass patrons leave rich gift legacy

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When the alarming spread of COVID-19 forced the closure of churches and a suspension of Masses in the middle of March, Catholics turned to the National Catholic Broadcasting Council (NCBC)’s Daily TV Mass as a source of comfort and a pathway to connect with God during fraught times.

Virus offers some planning opportunities

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a challenging business environment and a significant downturn in certain areas of the economy. At the same time, it has presented some planning opportunities for individuals and businesses.

Pandemic opens eyes to pre-planning funerals

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Due to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, it appears more people are considering the reality of death and making preparations for the inevitable.