Making your wishes known can help others – November is “Make a Will” month

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Did you know that more than 50 per cent of Canadians do not have a Will? A carefully written Will ensures that your assets can be distributed according to your wishes, after your death. This document must be signed by you and witnessed. By taking the time now to consider your wishes and write them down, you provide such an important planning tool for the financial security of your loved ones. Financial advisors and estate lawyers recommend that everyone should have a Will. Age is not a factor. If you have assets, you should have a Will. Are you prepared? If not, there are experts who can help.

Through careful planning, you can enhance your financial benefits, while creating a legacy of hope for future generations. Bequests in your Will allow you to continue to support the causes that are important to you during your lifetime. Bequests often have the largest impact when you direct a portion, or percentage, of your estate to a cause, achieving tax savings for your estate.

Benefits to you by making a gift to charity in your Will

  • Convenient: It can be made regardless of your age and for any amount.
  • Cost-effective: Your present income will not decrease.
  • Simple: It is easy to arrange. Simply instruct your lawyer to include a gift to Parkinson Canada in your Will. It can be a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or the residue of your estate (a gift after debts have been paid and other gifts have been distributed.)
  • Tax Relief: Your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt which can be used to reduce taxes on your final tax return and, in some cases, the previous year’s tax return.

Benefits to Parkinson Canada and the people you help

  • Helping people with Parkinson’s: Your gift will enable us to provide education and support services, and advocate on behalf of Canadians living with Parkinson’s.
  • Investing in a cure: Your gift will also provide funding for innovative research, expanding our  knowledge about early symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for Parkinson’s disease, and ultimately  bring us closer to a cure.

Register now for our Will planning webinar
On Wednesday November 23, 2016, you and your family are invited to join us for a free webinar on Will Planning and Power of Attorney. The webinar begins promptly at 1:30 pm (EST) and you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the 45-minute session. The webinar will be presented by Stephen Offenheim, B.A., L.L.B, Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Register today. If you miss the live webinar, you can view it later online. Visit www.parkinson.ca.

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