Legacy Circle

Bequests

A bequest in your will is one of the most popular ways to join the Legacy Circle and helps guarantee that American Atheists will continue to be the leading voice for atheism and the absolute separation of religion from government for years to come. You are in control of your assets during your lifetime and you are free to change your beneficiaries or the distribution of your assets at any time. 

Making a bequest through your will can be as simple as adding a few sentences. You can make a lasting impact on our work while still providing for your loved ones or other nonprofit organizations. Your support ensures the continued success and growth of American Atheists no matter how modest your gift.

You can support American Atheists through your will in these ways:

  • A general bequest leaving American Atheists with a specific sum of money or percentage of your will or trust.
  • A residual bequest for a percentage of the "rest, residue, and remainder" of your estate once you have made all of your specific bequests and all debts and taxes have been paid.
  • A contingent bequest that leaves American Atheists with a share of your estate only if a named beneficiary does not survive you.
  • A life income bequest whereby after your death, income is paid to another individual for his/her lifetime, and American Atheists receives the remainder.

Specific bequest language is below.

General Bequest

Include an general bequest of an amount of money or specific property (stocks, bonds, etc.) to American Atheists using the following clause: "I give, devise, and bequeath to American Atheists, Inc. located at 225 Cristiani Street, Cranford, New Jersey 07016-3214, the sum of $_____ (or describe the specific property you intend to bequeath) to be used for its general purposes."

Include a percentage bequest in your estate using the following clause: " I give, devise, and bequeath to American Atheists, Inc. located at 225 Cristiani Street, Cranford, New Jersey 07016-3214  _____ percent of my estate, both real and personal property, of whatever kind and wheresoever situated to be used for its general purposes."

Residual Bequest

Include a residual bequest for the remainder of your estate once you have made all of your specific bequests, using the following clause: "I give, devise, and bequeath to American Atheists, Inc. located at 225 Cristiani Street, Cranford, New Jersey 07016-3214 all (or _____ percent) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal property of whatever kind and wheresoever situated to be used for its general purposes."

Contingent Bequest

Include a contingent bequest should one or more named beneficiaries not survive you, using the following clause: "If any one of the above-named beneficiaries should predecease me, I hereby bequeath his/her share of my estate to American Atheists, Inc. located at 225 Cristiani Street, Cranford, New Jersey, 07016-3214 to be used for its general purposes."

Life Income Bequest

Include a life income bequest whereby after your death, income is paid to another individual for his/her lifetime. After that individual's lifetime, American Atheists will receive the remainder. This type of bequest is often arranged to provide for elderly parents, family members, or friends in special circumstances. Because it can be adapted in a variety of ways to meet your specific needs and circumstances, an attorney should always be consulted when considering a life income bequest. 

Note: Each person's legal and financial situation will differ and the laws applicable to estates and trusts vary from state to state. Accordingly, please consult with an attorney with respect to any gifts you may wish to make in your will.

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