What’s on your list of things to do this week? Shopping, working, going to school, visiting with friends and family, volunteering? I’ll bet I know what isn’t on your list. It’s your will. We are all so busy living our lives that we often forget to think about the unthinkable…
Your will or estate plan outlines your wishes for distribution of your assets, after your death. Your bequests are entirely under your control during life and becomes irrevocable only at death. Think about what is important to you. Your family, friends, or favorite charities? If you do not have a will or estate plan, now is the time to begin the process.
The State Bar of California has lots of great information on wills, living trusts, and how to start your estate planning on their website at http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Free-Legal-Information/Legal-Guides/Do-I-Need-a-Will. The information is trustworthy—and it’s free. The State Bar also strongly recommends that you consult an estate planning attorney or other qualified professional to prepare or make changes to your legal documents.
But what about leaving a lasting legacy to your favorite charity?
The most common way people remember CreaTV in a will or living trust is through a charitable bequest. If you already have a will, you do not need to rewrite your current documents. You can simply add an amendment, called a codicil, to your will or living trust. We’re happy to provide you with language that you can use for this purpose.
Your generosity helps to ensure that CreaTV will continue to give a voice to the unique storytellers in our community. Contact Chad Johnston, CEO, at chad.johnston(at)creatvsj.org or Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw, Director of Fund Development and Engagement at donalda(at)creatvsj.org or call 408-295-8815 for more information. If you have already included CreaTV in your will, please let us know so we can recognize your generous commitment.