Bequest

The Dog and Cat Shelter gladly considers any donations, including donations made through a will. As many know, a will is a legal document, executed with the formalities required by law, through which a person makes a disposition of his property, to take effect after his death. Since a will takes effect after death, it may be modified, revoked, or amended during the decedent’s life time.

 

Although a will is not required to affect a disposition of property, it is strongly encouraged. Without a will, state law dictates the disposition of the decedent’s property and finances, whether or not it may coincide with the decedent’s wishes. There are no specific words of art required to bequest property in a will. The following is an example of a form of bequest. “I give and bequest to the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter, with its principal address of 84 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, Wyoming, the sum of $xxxx, to be used for the accomplishment of its general purpose.”

 

In creating your will, you may want to remember causes, such as the Dog and Cat Shelter, that have been important to you and your family and make a difference in the lives of others who are served by the organization. In addition to affecting an intended disposition of your property, a will as part of an estate plan may assist you in minimizing taxes.

It is not a difficult process to make out a will or amend a will. Forms are available, but to avoid possible problems with specific state and federal laws, it is advisable to consult an attorney. Their assistance can help you easily establish your wishes through a legal estate plan. If you do not already have an attorney, you may contact the Wyoming State Bar at (307) 632-9061 or on the World Wide Web at www.wyomingbar.org for a referral.

 

You may also want to consider consulting the Wyoming Leave a Legacy Foundation. The Wyoming Leave a Legacy Foundation is a nationwide program that promotes giving to charitable organizations through estate planning. You may reach the Wyoming Leave a Legacy Foundation at (307) 777-6496 or on the World Wide Web at www.lalwy.org.