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

BRETT WAS IN TEARS.

He stood beside his twin brother confronted by a difficult reality that most children never have to face. Why can’t I see what Brendon sees? Why do I have to be three times closer to see what everyone else sees? Why can’t I read the blackboard in school? Why do I have to go to so many doctors and have so many tests that hurt?

He was only eight years old.

Brett and his twin Brendon were born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1995. All seemed well until a routine eye exam at age four revealed Brett’s serious eye condition — subluxated lenses. The connective strands that held his eye lenses in place were missing. As a result, his lenses were not centred properly and so could not focus. Brett had severe vision loss.

Unfortunately, subluxated lenses can point to other complications, and so Brett’s life was full of test after test for various abnormalities.

Moreover, he had to be vigilant at all times to avoid further eye damage. If something happened, Brett could lose his vision entirely with no recourse. At the time, the medical profession could do little. The Wiebe family had to wait and hope for new surgical options that may come along. And come along they did!

In 2011, Brett’s optometrist referred him to one of the best eye surgeons in Canada, Dr. Ike Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed had developed a new surgical technique to help patients like Brett. The three-hour surgery involved serious risks with the potential for mild to moderate improvement. At age 17, Brett made the difficult decision to proceed, and his surgery was a complete success. His vision showed immediate improvement and continued to improve over time. In fact, within a year, Brett was able to get his driver’s license. It was quite an accomplishment for someone who only a year earlier could not safely cross the street alone.

Today, Brett is well and happy. He has earned a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently enrolled in another degree in healthcare. He wants to give back thanks to the compassionate care he received. But Brett and his family are giving back in other ways too.

Every Christmas, Brett’s parents, Steve and Marge Wiebe, provide money for their children to give to charity. Hope and Healing International is a regular part of this annual event. Their family knows better than most the challenges of living with disability, the richer life that good vision enables, and the powerful incentive hope can offer. In fact, Brett’s parents are so grateful for his restored sight, they have also chosen to remember Hope and Healing with gifts in their Wills.

Steve says, “Leaving a legacy gift is an incredible privilege. We are profoundly thankful to God for his blessings and we deeply respect the work that Hope and Healing does to help people like Brett.” To Steve, Hope and Healing shows the hands of Christ at work today: “We want our future gift to make a difference. With God’s help, we know it will.”

You too can assist people by remembering Hope and Healing International with a legacy gift. A gift of any amount can restore sight and provide renewed hope to those living in poverty with disabilities in the many countries we serve.

Thank you to the Wiebe family for their generous support over the years, including their thoughtful legacy gift. And, thank you for remembering Hope and Healing with a gift in your own estate plans.

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