You may make a bequest in one of several ways. Here are some examples, with the appropriate wording:
A general bequest is for a certain dollar amount of property, usually cash: e.g., I give to The Diocese of New Westminster the sum of $____ to be used for the general purposes of the Diocese at the discretion of the Diocesan Council.
A specific bequest directs that the Church is to receive a specific piece of property: e.g., I give 500 shares of XYZ stock to The Anglican Initiatives Fund of the Diocese of New Westminster.
A residual bequest designates all or part of what remains after debts, taxes, expenses and other bequests have been paid: e.g., I give 50 per cent of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to The Mission to Seafarer’s Society.
LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE
The BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association operates a Lawyer Referral Service to assist individuals in finding a lawyer who practices law in the area required. Lawyers offer a maximum 30 minute consultation at a cost of $25.00. To locate a lawyer who may be able to assist you in the writing or changing of your Will, visit the BC CBA website for further information: CLICK HERE.
The Diocese is grateful for the generous bequest of $1.25 Million from the Estate of Margaret Louise Lewis. The gift was made in memory of her mother and sister who was for many years the Head Librarian at the Carnegie Branchat Main and Hastings in Vancouver. Her Will asked that the Diocese “useall or in part of this gift, … for the assistance of spouses and children of deceased clergy.”
The Diocese established theLewis Fund as part of the AnglicanInitiatives Fund after its by-lawswere changed by Synod in 2004 . Income from the fund will be usedfirst, for deceased clergy family support; and second, when there is excess income, for other purposes as determined by theAIF administrators.
Ms. Lewis celebrated her centennialof life before she died in 2002. An art teacher at Kitsilano High School for many years, Ms. Lewis was an ardent supporter of Emily Carr College of Art & Design and a lifetime member of St. George’s Parish Vancouver. Sheand her sister, Gwyneth often welcomed parishioners to their Vancouver home.
They loved to travel, visiting India and Egypt among many other places in the world. People who knew her sayshe had a good sense of humour and she was very interested in young people”.
We give thanks to God for the gift of gratitude shown by Margaret Lewis.
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