A charitable gift from your estate is a favored method of giving that enables you to achieve your financial goals and benefit the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. No other planned gift is as simple to make or as easy to change should you ever need the assets during your lifetime.
A bequest may be right for you if:
- You want to make a gift to the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
- You want the flexibility to change your mind.
- You want continued access to your wealth, should you need it.
- You are concerned about outliving your resources.
Remembering the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation in your will is a wonderful way for you to make a lasting gift. Large or small, your bequest will make an important contribution to our long-term strength and our ability to benefit Washtenaw County.
But what if you don't have a will or living trust? You are not alone. Most Americans don’t have a will.
Without a will, the laws of your state will decide how your estate is divided. Typically, the probate court will divide your estate among your closest surviving family members according to a formula, and none of your estate can go to the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation or any other charity. If you wish to have a say in how your estate is distributed, you must have a will or living trust. We encourage you to work with an experienced attorney to create a will or living trust that accomplishes your goals for your estate.