Critical Illness: Are You Protected?

We all face many risks – contracting a critical Illness is one of them. Being diagnosed with a life threatening illness is not something one wants to contemplate however you can purchase Critical Illness Insurance to protect against the financial impact.


The Back Story

Critical Illness insurance was invented by Dr. Marius Barnard. Marius assisted his brother Dr. Christiaan Barnard in performing the first successful heart transplant in 1967 in South Africa. Through his years of dealing with cardiac patients, Marius observed that those patients that were better able to deal with the financial stress of their illness recovered more often and at much faster rate than those for whom money was an issue. He came to the conclusion that he, as a physician, could heal people, but only insurance companies could provide the necessary funds to create the environment that best promoted healing. As a result, he worked with South African insurance companies to issue the first critical illness policy in 1983. Read more

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

By J. Denise Castonguay

Most successful business people feel a strong desire to give back, but what is the best way to make a meaningful contribution? Is setting up a foundation better than giving direct to a charity? If so, what is involved and what are your options?

Setting up a foundation gives you much more control than simply donating to charity. Even if you are very committed to a charity, charities change over time, and so may your interests or priorities. With a foundation, you can manage how your donation is spent, and can create a legacy of charitable giving for many generations. (If you want philanthropy to be a family tradition, you will need to accommodate different choices from other family members.)

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