Your Will: Getting Started 

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What Your Will Can Do
Why do you need a will? Because it allows you to:
  • Direct the division of your property the way you choose—not the way the state decides.
  • Make special financial arrangements for your family members who are minors, disabled or unfamiliar with money management.
  • Name a guardian for your minor children.
  • Select an executor (personal representative) who is well-qualified to settle your estate promptly and economically, with careful attention to your wishes.
  • Provide vital support for your favorite charitable institutions. Learn more about making a gift to us through your will.
  • Devise an estate plan, with the help of a qualified attorney and other advisors, to minimize the taxes on your estate.
  • Just a few sentences in your will are all that is needed. If you are working with your attorney to include Willamette in your will or living trust, or if you would like to name Willamette as beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy, we recommend that you use the following designation: ? "to Willamette University, a nonprofit corporation located in Salem, OR ?" We encourage you or your attorney to contact one of our gift planning professionals to help you ensure that your bequest best accomplishes your intentions regarding Willamette.
You Need a WillYou Need a Will
Everyone needs a will, no matter if he or she is young or old, sick or healthy, single or married.

If you leave this world without a will, your assets will be distributed according to state law and your wishes will not be fulfilled. Likewise, having an outdated will also means that your current intentions will not be carried out. So when change occurs in your life, remember to update your will.

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Learn more about basic estate planning.

Contact your estate planning attorney for more information on wills. To learn how to include a gift to us in your will, please contact Steve Brier at (866) 204-8102 or sbrier@willamette.edu.