Your bequest is your wish to have the Des Moines Historical Society benefit from your estate. For example, your will might state that the Des Moines Historical Society is to receive:
Sample bequest language: "I give, devise, and bequeath to the Des Moines Historical Society, a nonprofit corporation located in Des Moines, WA, the sum of $_____ (or ___ percent of my estate; or the property described herein) for such purposes as shall be determined by its Board of Directors."
Residuary bequest language: "All the rest, residue, and remainder of my property, both real and personal, and wheresoever situated, I give, devise, and bequeath to the Des Moines Historical Society, a nonprofit corporation located in Des Moines, WA, for such purposes as shall be determined by its Board of Directors."
Life Insurance Gifts
The contribution of a life insurance policy, whether existing or a new one, provides useful tax incentives as well as the opportunity to create a substantial gift, perhaps at a level that otherwise would be impossible.
Two ways to make the Society a beneficiary of your life insurance policy:
The Des Moines Historical Society is not offer legal or tax advisory services. For advice or assistance in specific cases, the services of an attorney or other professional advisor should be obtained. The purpose of this Web site is to provide information of a general character only.
If you are considering including the Des Moines Historical Society in your will, we advise you to contact an attorney.