A bequest is the simplest and easiest way to make a significant gift to The Trustees of Reservations after your lifetime. It offers flexibility – you retain use of your assets and can make changes at any time to reflect your philanthropic and financial goals. And a charitable bequest is deductible for federal estate tax purposes. There are several common forms of charitable bequest:
Cash Bequest Designate a specific amount for The Trustees.
Residuary Bequest Direct all or a percentage of your estate to The Trustees, after payment of cash bequests and estate-related expenses.
Bequest of Property Direct a particular asset, such as real estate, securities, or tangible personal property, such as an antique or valuable art object, to The Trustees.
Testamentary Trusts Provide income for a spouse or other family member for life or a term of years, after which the remaining assets will pass to The Trustees.
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