Reflect Your Values Through Your Will
It’s More Than a Piece of Paper
A will is the most important document you can create. Though often seen as simply a legal document that only those trained to read it can understand, it is so much more.
Your will is your legacy. It dictates how you will be remembered and can be created to reflect your values. That’s why, no matter your age or wealth status, you should be sure to take time to consider this important document.
Use Your Will To:
- Name a guardian for minor children and dependent adults.
- Dictate how you want your assets to be distributed.
- Ensure your pets are taken care of.
- Reduce the administrative expenses of your estate.
- Make sure your support for the organizations you love, like MSK, continues.
There’s a way for you to continue supporting lifesaving cancer research and care without giving anything today: by including a gift to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in your will.
Advantages of a Gift in Your Will:
- Simplicity. As little as one sentence in your will or living trust is all that is needed to complete your gift and create your legacy of powering groundbreaking discoveries.
- Flexibility. Until your will or trust goes into effect, you are free to alter your plans as needed to reflect life’s changes.
- Versatility. You can give a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events, or a percentage of your estate to impact the future of cancer care.
Here’s How It Works:
Your estate planning attorney can help you structure your gift to MSK so that your loved ones will be taken care of first. They will include special language in the will or living trust you create or add it to your existing documents through an amendment.
A Gift in Your Estate Plan Is Right for You If:
- You want to make sure your support of MSK’s innovative research and compassionate care continues after your lifetime.
- You want to balance your generosity to us with an assurance that loved ones are taken care of first.
- You want to maintain the flexibility to change your mind about your gift at any time.
Already Have a Will?
Great! Now is the perfect time to make sure it is up to date. It’s a good idea to review your will regularly (at least once every five years) and when you experience a life event such as a marriage, birth, or move. This ensures your will accomplishes your wishes and also aligns with your current state’s laws.
A Simple Gift
To learn more about making a gift to support Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in your will, contact the Office of Planned Giving at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-688-1827. We are happy to help you get started and can provide sample language your attorney can use to make your gift.