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Bequest Language

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Following are some examples of various types of bequests:

Including The American Legion in your will

Each individual situation is unique, and, therefore, these examples include only some of the possible gift opportunities. We encourage you to share your final will provision with the Fundraising Division of the Legion to ensure that your wishes will be properly followed and recognized.

Percentage of estate for unrestricted purposes

Percentage of Total Estate: I give, devise, and bequeath to The American Legion, a not-for-profit organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana, _______ percent (%) of my total estate as an unrestricted gift to be used at the discretion of the National Executive Committee of The American Legion for the general purposes of The American Legion, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Percentage of Residual:
I give, devise, and bequeath to The American Legion, a not-for-profit organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana, _______ percent (%) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate as an unrestricted gift to be used at the discretion of the National Executive Committee of The American Legion for the general purposes of The American Legion, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Specific amount for unrestricted purposes
I give, devise, and bequeath to The American Legion, a not-for-profit organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the sum of $_____________ in cash or in-kind (or ________ shares of ___________________ stock) to be used at the discretion of the National Executive Committee of The American Legion for the general purposes of The American Legion, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Specific amount for specific purposes
I give, devise, and bequeath to The American Legion, a not-for-profit organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the sum of $_____________ in cash or in-kind (or ________ shares of ___________________ stock) to be used for __________________________________________ at The American Legion.

Contingent Bequest In the event that my spouse does not survive me, I leave the property set aside for him/her to The American Legion.

To assist you with your plans, The American Legion can provide sample language for the program or area you wish to support. This confidential service is available to you without obligation.

If the bequest is restricted to a specific purpose, it is important that the following wording be added at the end of the provision. This will ensure that, in the remote possibility a specified purpose may cease to need funds in the future, an alternate use for the bequest may be determined.

"... for so long as the National Executive Committee of The American Legion determines that the need exists. Should the need no longer exist, said National Executive Committee may, in its sole discretion, direct the use of my bequest for a purpose related as closely as possible to that stated above."

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