For Individuals

Perspectives on Leaving a Legacy by Lorraine del Prado

Americans are considered the most charitable people in the world. According to a 2011 Charities Aid Foundation survey involving 153 countries, two out of three Americans (65 percent) donated to charity, two out of five (43 percent) volunteered their time and roughly three out of four (73 percent) helped a stranger. The philanthropic spirit of Americans, however, is still not reflected in their estate plans.

Lessons from the Crypt by Janet Aldrich Jacobs

It may seem strange, but I get excited when I see a package from a law firm in my inbox. My heart skips a beat. I can’t wait to tear open the envelope and see what’s inside. Most often it’s notification that my organization was chosen to receive a bequest by some wonderful person we’ve never heard of who has left us a donation in his or her will.