Your Will: It’s More Than Legalese
It’s one of the most important legal documents you’ll ever create; a will dictates how you want your assets distributed after you’re gone. But beyond legalities, a will is a reflection of your life. It reveals who and what mattered most to you, and it’s the final gesture by which you’ll be remembered.
A well-planned will relieves family members from having to guess your final wishes during their time of grief, and it ensures they are taken care of in the manner you specify. When you provide for an organization such as Cathedral High School in your will, you also extend your legacy of caring and generosity to the students we teach.
A will has extraordinary potential, yet the 2017 NMI Healthy Aging Database® study found that 68 percent of Americans over the age of 18 don’t have one. Are you one of the 68 percent? If so, consider what a will can do for you:
- Name a guardian for minor children
- Make financial arrangements for family members
- Provide for a pet
- Protect your business
- Forgive a debt
- Direct the division of your property (so the state does not)
- Choose the executor for your estate
- Reduce estate administration expenses
- Provide for a charitable organization
Your Will Can Further Our Mission
We would love to talk with you about how your future gift can make a meaningful difference to Cathedral High School.
Already Have a Will?
Make sure it’s up-to-date. Life changes such as the following should trigger a review of your will.
- Change in marital status
- Increased/decreased estate value
- Move to another state
Contact your estate planning attorney to make any changes.
Want to Add Us to Your Existing Will?
You don’t need to create a new will. Simply ask your attorney to prepare a codicil, a document that amends your original will. This is a common way to make minor changes.
Creating a Will: Step by Step
- List all of your major assets.
- Decide which individuals and organizations you want to receive specific possessions or share of your assets.
- Contact an attorney who specializes in estate planning.
- Determine who will be your executor.
- Have your attorney draft your will.
- Sign and date the will before witnesses.
- Keep your original will in a safe place. Make sure others can access it.
The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.