5 Steps to a Better Estate Plan

By planning your estate now, you create a legacy that reflects what makes you you. You can do this by creating a secure future for your loved ones and also ensuring your support for the places, people and causes close to your heart continues for years to come.

Discover five simple ways you can ensure that your estate plan reflects you.

  1. Make the most of what you have. Meet with qualified professionals to form a financial and giving plan that satisfies your needs and meets your goals.
  2. Protect family and loved ones. Keep loved ones safe by making sure your estate plan is up-to-date. It should be reviewed regularly for changes in personal relationships, tax laws, births, deaths and state of residence.
  3. Be tax-smart. Don’t let taxes place a burden on your family, with careful planning now, you can get the most out of your estate plan.
  4. Make sure your wishes are fulfilled. Use the services of a qualified estate planning attorney to draw up your will and other legal documents, ensuring that your wishes are clearly stated so there are no misunderstandings.
  5. Continue helping others after your lifetime. Gifts to charitable organizations, such as Iowa State University, in your future plans ensure your support for our work continues even after your lifetime.

Make Iowa State a Part of Your Plan

Want to learn more about including a gift to Iowa State University in your future plans? Contact the office of gift planning at giftplanning@foundation.iastate.edu or 800.621.8515 to learn more.

“I thought about what meant the most to me – outside of my family – and it was obvious that I would give to Iowa State. So I called the office of gift planning and they helped me plan the best course of action.”

- Margaret "Margi" Donaldson

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