Don't Let Your Voice or Your Life's Work be Silenced
... MAKE A WILL
We often postpone or avoid writing wills or other documents
related to estate planning. For some reason, to some it feels
overwhelming; others feel they have so little it really doesn't
matter. But it does matter. Having a carefully thought out
estate plan is the only way to make sure that whatever you
have, whether it is one book or an extensive collection, one
poem or a body of literary works, a few dollars or a large
sum of money, it goes where you want it to go at your death.
Without a will, all your property could revert to distant,
uncaring or even rejecting relatives or to the state. Please
make a will to keep this from happening. To ensure that your
will is legally valid and fully enforceable we strongly recommend
that you consult with an attorney.
Help us to help prepare for the future growth and the financial
continuity of the Archives. Let us know if you have included
the Archives in your estate planning. If you share this information
with us not only will it help us know our future is more secure
because of your financial commitment to our work, it will
also help us make sure that what your want to happen with
your personal materials does happen.
Financial donations can be made in various forms such as
bequests of specific amounts of cash, as a bequest of a part
of one's estate and or a bequest of a particular asset, such
as real estate/or stocks. LHEF, Inc., our legal name, can
also be named as a beneficiary or a contingent on a life insurance
policy, retirement plan, or an annuity.
Donations of books, records, tapes, photographs, art work
and other personal letters, papers and property can also be
left at a bequest to the Archives. The more exacting the detailing
the will, the less the chance of materials being lost or destroyed.
Unpublished papers and manuscripts present particular issues
for authors. The physical body of materials may be donated
regardless of literary or publishing control. Issues of literary
executorship need to be spelled out if they are concern to
you as an author. These issues in particular are ones that
should be discussed with a knowledgeable attorney.
When making a bequest it is best to use our legal name: Lesbian
Herstory Educational Foundation, Inc. as well as our legal address: 484 14th Street Brooklyn, New York 11215. Also, you may be asked for our EIN (Our Employer Identification Number) which is 13-2991538.
The following forms
may serve as guidelines for you and your attorney in the preparation
of your will.
For a Specific Bequest, of a stated amount
of cash or named piece of property, or possessions:
I have and bequeath the sum of $_______ to The Lesbian Herstory
Educational Foundation, Inc., of New York, New York for the
general purposes and use of LHEF, Inc.
I have and devise to The Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation,
Inc., of New York, New York all right, titles and interest
owned by me at the time of my death in the land and buildings
situated at ___________________.
For a Residuary Bequest, or everything
remaining in your estate after administrative expenses and
taxes, etc., and specific bequests to other beneficiaries:
I give, devise and bequeath to The Lesbian Herstory Educational
Foundation, Inc., of New York, New York all the rest, residue
and remainder of my estate.
For a Contingent Bequest, that takes effect only in the event
of a prior death of other beneficiaries, (e.g.. you intend
to leave everything to your lover, but she dies before you,
in which case you want your estate to go to the Archives).
If (Name/Names of beneficiary) does not survive me, then I
give, devise and bequeath all the rest, remainder and residue
of my estate to The Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation,
A contingent beneficiary is especially important if you want
to be sure your estate does not go to distant relatives or
We hope these suggestions will help you with your
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