Sample Language for Your Will

The following language may help you and your attorney when drawing up a bequest that meets your needs.


General bequest

If you intend to leave an outright gift of cash, securities or other property by designating a specific dollar amount, a particular asset or a fixed percentage of your estate to the Lamb Center to be used for general purposes:

After taking care of all expenses, debts and other provisions, I give, devise and bequeath ___ percent of the rest and residue [or $___ if a specific amount] to the Lamb Center, a Virginia-based charitable organization [Tax ID #41-2222581] currently with administrative offices at 3160 Campbell Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031.

Specific bequest

If you intend to make an outright bequest for a specific purpose:

I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the Lamb Center [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its charitable purposes, including but not limited to ___________ use and purpose.

Contingency bequest

If you wish to make a contingency gift so that the Lamb Center will receive a portion of your estate if your named beneficiary does not survive you:

If any of the beneficiaries named in this will should die before becoming entitled to receive their distributive share of my estate, I direct my trustee to pay or transfer the share to which such beneficiary would otherwise be entitled to the Lamb Center for its unrestricted use and purpose.

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Then, consult with your tax advisor and lawyer to determine which planned gift strategy is best for you.