Thomas was a widower who had a great love for his community and he wanted to create a lasting legacy to support the causes he cared about.
Thomas told his attorney that he wished to leave a gift in his will to create a Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines as part of his estate plan. Thomas's estate included some stocks, real estate and an IRA. Thomas's attorney recommended that he give the appreciated stock and real estate to his children and leave his IRA to his Legacy Fund.
Thomas: My attorney told me that if I gave the stock and real estate to my children, these assets would receive a step up in basis at my death. My children could then sell them without paying tax. However, if I gave my children my IRA, the IRA would be subject to estate and income tax. After paying all of these taxes, very little would be left for my family. By giving the IRA to my Legacy Fund, I could make a nice gift and avoid any additional tax for my estate and children.
Thomas contacted his IRA custodian to obtain a beneficiary designation form. He filled out the form and designated his Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation as the 100% recipient of his IRA account. Thomas's attorney then specified in Thomas's will the bequest of his other assets to his children.
Thomas: I was so impressed with my attorney's advice that I named him executor of my will!
Thomas was pleased that because our organization was a tax exempt institution, his fund would receive the full amount of the IRA value when he passed away, creating a legacy for the future.
Is a bequest right for you?
It is easy and convenient to include a bequest in your will or living trust. This link
includes sample bequest language that can very easily be included in your will.
You might find it helpful to print this page and the bequest language to give this information to your attorney. If you or your attorney have any questions, please contact us
*Please note: The name and image above are representative of a typical donor and may or may not be an actual donor to our organization. Since your benefits may be different, you may want to click here to view a color example of your benefits