Estate Planning

When climate scientists say humans have a mere 12 years to avoid extreme consequences — floods, famine, fires and refugees — from a two- to three-degree rise in the average global temperature, it may be foolish to wait for governments to solve the problem. 

End-of-life care requires good planning

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If vacations, weddings, babies and football games are important enough to require planning, why don’t we plan for sickness, frailty and dying?

Cremation becoming a popular option for Catholic burials

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When Amy Profenna recently met with a lawyer to update her Will, one of the questions she was asked was if she wanted to be cremated.

Good pre-planning avoids estate pitfalls

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It happens often that a deceased person leaves a sum of money to support a broad cause without naming a specific charity.

Taking the mystery out of probate fees

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If people think they will no longer be paying taxes upon death, they are sadly mistaken. As Benjamin Franklin wrote, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” 

What to know about donating real estate

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Donations of real estate are a popular way to benefit a favourite charity.  Here are some of ways to donate real estate and the tax implications of this type of gift:

St. Paul's Breakfast Club satisfies appetite for giving

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There already were a few children in line making a bowl of cereal or waiting for the toaster to pop when Jazmin Torres burst through the basement doors at 7:42 a.m. St. Paul’s Basilica in the Corktown neighbourhood of East Toronto.

Here’s an excellent way to ‘bond’ with parish

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Stocks, bonds and mutual funds make great gifts — just ask the parishioners at St. Patrick’s in downtown Toronto.

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. What follows are some of the ways people choose to remember charities in their estate plan.

Family of Faith is transforming parishes

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For many Toronto-area Catholics, the Family of Faith campaign may be a distant memory, or it may be a memory that comes back once a month as their pledge makes its regular visit to their bank account.