Wills & Trusts
A few strikingly simple words can protect wildlife when you make a charitable bequest in your will or trust.
If your circumstances change you can always update your plans. Here are examples of the National Wildlife Federation's bequest language.
RESIDUAL BEQUEST LANGUAGE
A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:
I give and devise to National Wildlife Federation, located in Reston, VA, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support.
SPECIFIC BEQUEST LANGUAGE
Naming National Wildlife Federation as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy:
I give and devise to National Wildlife Federation, located in Reston, VA, the sum of $________ to be used for its general support.
CONTINGENT BEQUEST LANGUAGE
National Wildlife Federation or its affiliates can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or personal trust if one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled:
If (insert name) is not living at the time of my demise, I give and devise to National Wildlife Federation, located in Reston, VA, the sum of $________ (or all or a percentage of the residue of my estate) to be used for its general support.
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