Estate Planning

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.

Now is the perfect time to 'downsize'

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There is no time like the present to start thinking about downsizing. 

Palliative care offers a final healing

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Since my return to parish ministry after some years as a hospital priest, I have continued to minister to patients receiving palliative care in hospitals, long-term care facilities and in their own homes.

Dying without a Will creates many issues

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If you die without a Will, you are considered to have died “intestate.” While dying intestate does not mean your estate goes to the government, it does mean that you lose the ability to decide who will benefit from, and manage, your estate.

An executor must deal with digital footprint

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In this digital age, it is the rare person who does not have some form of digital footprint. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others are part of everyday life for most people.

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Charles Lewis: We must open eyes to anti-Christian bigotry

Most of us take for granted the safety and peace of our houses of worship so when that is broken it is akin to being punched in the gut, Lewis writes.

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