A Gift by Will or Living Trust
Through a will or living trust, you can leave assets to loved ones and to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in multiple ways. You can give:
- a specific amount
- percentage of your estate
- what remainsafter other bequests are made
- a conditional gift if your beneficiaries pre-decease you
Sample Language for Your Estate Plan
Once you decide how you want to make a gift in your will or living trust, you can use the following suggested language:
A specific amount or a percentage of your estate:
I give to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc., 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York, 10605 [specific dollar amount or percentage of my estate or specified asset].
The remainder of your estate after other bequests are made:
I give to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc., 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York, 10605 all [or a percentage] of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate.
A conditional gift if your beneficiaries pre-decease you:
If [other named beneficiary] does not survive me, I give to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc., 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York, 10605 all [or a percentage] of my estate.
LLS offices in the U.S. operate under a single 501(c)(3) tax designation and estate administration is handled at our National Office. In your will, please use the address of 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, New York, 10605 and refer to our federal tax identification number of 13-5644916.
To add The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a charitable beneficiary in your existing will, ask your legal advisor about a codicil to make a simple update.
Tell Us about Your Bequest
If you let us know about your intention to make a gift through your will or living trust, we will enroll you in the Legacy Circle, our honored group of friends who help secure the future through their estate planning.
Frequently asked questions about wills:
Do I need a will?
Without a will, the state's inflexible rules dictate who will receive your assets. There would be no input from you about specific loved ones or important causes.
Do I need an attorney to make a will?
We encourage you to consult an advisor as you consider your estate plans. We can help you identify an estate attorney if you want help.
Can I change my mind?
Yes, you can change plans anytime and you keep full control of assets as long as you live.
What about my family?
Most people put family needs first before leaving a small percentage for LLS. Your family will understand your concern about life-saving research.
Why should I tell LLS about my bequest?
We recognize this is a private matter but by letting us know, we might be able to suggest tax-saving ideas. Knowing about your bequest will also help LLS plan for the future and, most importantly, let us thank you during your lifetime.
Get More Information
Email us at legacy@LLS.org and request our free booklet, Your Will To Help.
Contact Richard Schneyer, vice president of development, at 1-888-773-9958 or legacy@LLS.org to discuss your charitable wishes.