A Family-First Approach to Giving

Your family comes first. That’s true anytime, but especially these days. Luckily, there’s an easy way for you to support your loved ones and continue supporting our work without giving anything today: by including a gift to the University of Southern Maine in your will.

Advantages of a Gift in Your Will:

  • Simplicity. As little as one sentence in your will or living trust is all that is needed to complete your gift.
  • Flexibility. Until your will or trust goes into effect, you are free to alter your plans as needed to reflect life’s changes.
  • Versatility. You can give a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

Here’s How It Works:

Your estate planning attorney can help you structure a gift so your loved ones will be taken care of first after you’re gone. They will include special language in the will or living trust you create, or add it to existing documents through an amendment called a codicil.

A Gift in Your Estate Plan Is Right for You If:

  • You want to make sure your support of USM continues after your lifetime.
  • You want to balance your generosity to us with an assurance that loved ones are taken care of first.
  • You want to maintain the flexibility to change your mind about your gift at any time.

A Simple Gift

To learn more about making a gift to support the University of Southern Maine in your will, contact Erin Macey at erin.macey@maine.edu or (207) 780-4408. We are happy to help you get started and can provide sample language your attorney can use to make your gift.

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