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Learn About Wills and Bequests

Planning for your Future

As a friend of Outer Banks Community Foundation, we can offer you free tools to help you get your affairs in order prior to meeting with an attorney.


Legacy Giving is a future gift to charity through a will, trust, or beneficiary designation

What are the benefits of making a bequest?

  1. You leave a lasting legacy to be remembered
  2. You lessen the burden of taxes on your family
  3. You may receive estate tax savings

How do I make a bequest?

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to family, friends and/or Outer Banks Community Foundation as part of your estate plan. There is no minimum amount for your planned gift. Legacy gifts have ranged from $1,000 to multi-million dollar amounts.

What are my options?

A bequest can be made in several ways:
  1. You can gift a specific dollar amount or asset
  2. You can gift a percentage of your estate
  3. You can gift from the balance or residue of your estate
  4. You can make a beneficiary designation of certain assets

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How do I get started?