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Bequest Language

Here are the most common kinds of bequests with sample language for naming Easterseals as a beneficiary. You may also change your beneficiaries at any time, should your circumstances change.

Residual Bequest

Gives what's left after your friends and loved ones are provided for. This is a very popular choice for charitable bequests because it ensures that loved ones receive their distribution before any distribution to charity.

"I devise the residue of my estate, after the satisfaction of all specific bequests and the payment of all taxes and other costs attending my death, to Easter Seals, Inc., a not-for profit corporation, Tax ID# 36-2171729, with principal offices currently located at 141 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1400A, Chicago, IL 60604."

General/Fixed Dollar Bequest

A stated sum of money, usually cash, to a beneficiary.

"I bequeath the sum of $____ dollars to Easter Seals, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID# 36-2171729, with principal offices currently located at 141 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1400A, Chicago, IL 60604."

Percentage Bequest

Enables your bequests to grow as your assets grow.

"I bequeath to Easter Seals, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID# 36-2171729, with principal offices currently located at 141 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1400A, Chicago, IL 60604 an amount equal to ______ percent of the net value of my estate as finally determined for federal estate tax purposes."

Contingent Bequest

Assumes you want to leave your entire estate to family and friends. However, in the event that you outlive any of your beneficiaries, it provides an opportunity to designate Easterseals to receive that portion of the estate.

"In the event that (name of the beneficiary) does not survive me, I designate Easter Seals, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, Tax ID# 36-2171729, with principal offices currently located at 141 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1400A, Chicago, IL 60604 as the devisee of this bequest of (see above for language specific to different types of bequests.)"

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