Did you know you can make the world a better place by leaving a charitable gift (called a bequest) in a will to your favorite charity? You can. Anyone can. Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana is pleased to announce that it will host a Write-A-Will Day as a part of the National Planned Gifts Fall Celebrations on Wednesday, November 11, 2009.
Talk to your financial or legal advisor about the way that might be best for you to leave your legacy. Or, if you don’t have a lawyer, consider participating in the Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana’s Write a Will event on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. It’s easy. Just call William C. Andreas at 1-260-456-4534 ext. 265 to make a 15 minute appointment to meet with one of our volunteer attorneys to discuss your will and your charitable request. If you choose to make a bequest, the lawyer will prepare a simple will for you, completely free of charge.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be fabulously wealthy or have an estate the size of a Rockefeller or Trump to leave a charitable bequest. You don’t have to own stocks and bonds. You don’t even have to have a lot of property or a big bank account. You just have to have a cause you care about and want to contribute to. Even a small gift can make a big difference in someone’s life.
Many people set aside a specific dollar amount. Some leave a percentage of their estate or any assets left over after their family has been provided for. Some bequeath personal property such as a car or collectibles. You can also make a charitable organization the beneficiary of an insurance policy, a pension plan, or IRA account. The fact is the ways to leave a legacy are nearly as diverse as the people who choose to make a bequest.
You should know that leaving a gift to a charitable organization doesn’t mean you can’t leave something to your family, too. You can do both, and some charitable gifts may actually save your family money by decreasing inheritance taxes.
Remember, you don’t need to be wealthy to leave a legacy; you only need to have a cause you care about and the “will” to make a difference.
For more information about ‘Write-A-Will’ day, please contact William Andreas, director of the Arc Foundation, at 456-4534 ext 265.