Information for Lawyers

Hope and Healing International
3844 Stouffville Road,
PO Box 800
Stouffville ON L4A 7Z9
Toll Free: 1.800.567.2264
P. (905) 640.6464
F. (905) 640.4332

Legal name:
Hope and Healing International

Charitable Registration Number:
10691 8329 RR0001

Information for Executors and Estate Trustees

Hope and Healing International’s Estate Administration Policy

Legal name: Hope and Healing International
Operating as: 
Hope and Healing International

The following is information Hope and Healing International requires from the Executor(s) in order to demonstrate to third-parties, such as its external auditor, that the full wishes of the deceased have been carried out according to their Last Will and Testament.

For a Specific Bequest:

  1. A copy of the Notice of Application for Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with a Will or Letters Probate.
  2. A copy of the pertinent portion of the Will where Hope and Healing International is listed to receive the specific bequest.

For a Residual Bequest:

  1. A copy of the Notice of Application for Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with a Will or Letters Probate.
  2. A copy of the entire Will.
  3. A copy of the List of Assets and their value at date of death.
  4. A copy of Executor’s interim and final accounting of receipts and disbursements for revenue accounts and capital accounts.

Hope and Healing International’s Process for Handling Requests by Excecutor(s) to Vary the Will:

  1. Hope and Healing International will ask for the request to vary the Will to be submitted by the Executor(s) in writing along with a copy of any background documentation that the Executor(s) may have.
  2. Hope and Healing International will forward the estate file to Hope and Healing International’s legal counsel who will review the file and advise Hope and Healing International on next steps.
  3. Hope and Healing International’s lawyer will communicate either directly to the Executor(s) or to the legal counsel for the estate.

Download PDF files

  1. Hope and Healing International’s Estate Administration Policy
  2. Responsibilities and Duties of the Estate Trustee

Legacy of Love
Ed Epp

We are the hands and feet of Jesus.

If you grew up in the church, like me, this concept won’t be new to you. It’s something I learned as a child from my parents. It’s something I’ve tried to embody in my life. And it’s something that drew me — compelled me — to work at Hope and Healing International.

My parents were missionaries, and so I grew up in the African Congo. Even as a child, I realized that my family had much more than our neighbours – the people my parents worked so hard to serve. Maybe I couldn’t have articulated it at the time, but I knew it wasn’t fair. And I knew, someday, I wanted to pursue a career that would make things better for the poorest of the poor.

Needless to say, Hope and Healing International has been a perfect vehicle for that childhood prayer. I can’t think of an organization with more direct, tangible, and positive impact on the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable children and families in the world.

Ed EppI joined Hope and Healing International in 2009. Since then, I’ve witnessed, first-hand, how gifts like yours dramatically transform lives. Just over a year ago, I had the privilege of visiting Nkhoma Hospital, one of our local partners in Malawi. I met Dr. Ephraim Kambewo and heard about his passion and dedication for this beautiful sight and ability-restoring work.

Dr. Kambewo has been a cataract surgeon in Malawi since 2002. On the day we visited, he operated on 13 patients. His circumstances are challenging. The equipment he uses is old. Many of his patients are fearful of surgery. Many suffer from limited mobility. Most are so poor, they can barely afford transport to the hospital. They’re people very much like Cotrida, who I also met that day at Nkhoma Hospital.

Cotrida is 71 years old. Because of cataracts, her sight had faded to the point where she could barely see. She could no longer do housework or tend her small garden. She was having more and more trouble caring for her two orphaned grandchildren. Having just lost her own daughter, her heart was heavy with grief, and even heavier with worry for her grandchildren. She needed to care and provide for them.

Thanks to God’s grace, Dr. Kambewo was able to restore Cotrida’s sight. When the bandage was removed, the years of worry just dropped from her shoulders. It was my profound privilege to witness such a joyful moment of life transformation.

Cotrida will now be able to care for her grandchildren, provide for them, free them to go to school.

Cotrida told me that one of her greatest joys was being able to attend church again. Her words say it all.

Cotrida

“Because of my eyes I had to stop going to church. One of the first things I wanted to do [after my surgery] was to go back to church – to meet old friends, to listen to the prayers and the preacher, and hear readings from the Bible. I especially thank God for the wonders He has done for me. I believed I would see again, and now I can! I am a witness to God’s goodness.”

There’s a hymn I grew up with – To God be the Glory, Great Things He has Done! That’s what came to mind, as I listened to Cotrida.

God chooses to use you and me to accomplish great things here on earth. We get to be part of God’s miracles! What a joy and privilege.

Stories like this, and dedicated co-workers like Dr. Kambewo, speak to why my wife and I are so happy to support Hope and Healing International with annual gifts. It’s also why we’ve chosen to leave a legacy gift to Hope and Healing International in our Wills.

I know how easy it is to put off creating a Will or updating an existing one. The process can seem daunting. Maybe you aren’t sure where to begin. Other priorities seem more pressing…

And yet, not having an up-to-date Will can cause a great deal of stress and hardship for your loved ones. You lose control of how you’d like your hard-earned assets distributed. You also lose the ability to remember any of the charitable organizations you cared so deeply about during your lifetime — organizations like Hope and Healing International.

My wife and I have chosen to designate our legacy gift to Hope and Healing’s general sight-giving, ability-giving work. From my experience with our Board of Directors, I know our future gift will be used wisely where the need is greatest.

I have witnessed firsthand, the impact of Hope and Healing International’s work. I have seen the difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. Seeing the spark come into the eyes of a child who has come to realize that they actually have value, compels us to do more — and more, and more.

Over the years, I have spoken personally with many friends across the country, and I know you want our excellent work to continue in Christ’s name. That’s why I’m asking you today, to remember Hope and Healing International with a gift of any amount in your own estate plans. Every gift is a way to honour God, to give back, and to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Learn more about leaving a gift in your Will and/or other legacy options.