Organ Donation In Your Estate Plan [Ontario 2018] - WillsAndEstates.Lawyer

Organ Donation In Your Estate Plan [Ontario 2018]

By Maureen Tabuchi | Wills & Estate Planning

Dec 08

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to give back to someone or multiple people when you pass away.

Estate planning allows you to consider how you can help the community by leaving gifts to charity.

Another thing you should consider when you’re thinking about what will happen when you pass away is organ and tissue donation.

There is definitely a need for more organ donors in Canada.

For example, according to the Government of Canada, in 2014, 4,500 people were waiting for organ transplants; 2,356 organs were transplanted, and 278 died waiting for a transplant.

You can help improve these numbers by being an organ donor.

Not enough Canadians are organ donors.

Unfortunately, our organ donation rates are lower than many countries.

You can help change this if you wish.

If you decide to become an organ donor, make sure you let your family members and loved ones know.

Your family are always asked before the donation happens, so it’s important they know your wishes.

You can even consider putting it in your Will, but keep in mind, the whole process of the transplant may take place before anyone even reads or sees your Will.

Therefore, the best thing to do is to tell your family your wishes while you’re still here.

In order to be an organ donor, you have to register as a donor.

There are different ways to register in different provinces.

In Ontario, you can use the Trillium Gift of Life Network, which can be found at the following website: http://www.giftoflife.on.ca/en/.

A common thing we hear is “how can one person make a difference?”

Well, a single donor can:

  • Save as many as 8 lives
  • Improve the quality of life of up to 75 people
  • Help many families in need You can even be proactive and donate some organs while you’re still alive such as your kidney, liver and lung.

Anyone can be an organ donor, there’s no age limit, as the health of your organs and tissues is more important than your age.

Sometimes thinking about organ donation can seem scary, but what are you going to do with your organs when you’ve passed away?

The answer is absolutely nothing.

So why not give it to someone in need.

To learn more about organ and tissue donation visit the Canadian Blood Services Website.

About the Author

Maureen thrives on helping people with their legal challenges and it’s important to her that you and your family are protected by the law. With both a law and tax degree, Maureen is more than capable of ensuring your estate plan is sound and as someone who considers herself a “friend to all” her heart ensures she’s serving you from a place of authenticity and compassion.

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