Still today, I remember the Rosh Hashanah of my youth and especially the awe I felt hearing Chazzan Weiss’ Unetane Tokef Prayer. As a child, hearing the congregation chant the prayer “Repentance, Prayer and Charity reverse the evil decree” made me think. If I give charity, does G-d consider himself bound to change the decree? Now as an adult, given my profession and with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek, I cannot help but also wonder whether our estates would be bound by charitable pledges if the Master of the Universe, G-d forbid, did not keep his side of the bargain. As you can imagine, there are times when a person makes a pledge to a charity and passes away before the pledge is honoured. Do you think the family should still honour that pledge? Is there a legal obligation to do so?Read More
Pledges to charitable institutions are often made over time. Failure to honour pledges made by the deceased is problematic. The enforceability of these pledges often leads to litigation.