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A Guide to Making Your Will

Direct Your Assets to the People and Causes You Care About Most

Creating a will is far more than just a legal process. It’s an important way to extend your love, care and generosity to family and friends. It’s also an excellent way to support the work of Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

So why have 60 percent of U.S. adults living in households with children not created a will?* Perhaps the whole thing seems too time-consuming, difficult or even mysterious. To overcome these obstacles, review this helpful guide that gives clear answers to the questions you may have.

Did you know? 60 percent of U.S. adults living with children have not created a will.*

*2017 Caring.com study

A Guide to Making Your Will

What Does a Will Do?

Only you know the special circumstances of your family members and heirs, so it’s important to discuss these factors with your estate planning attorney. However, some common functions of a will include:

  • Names the executor or personal representative of your estate
  • Gives your property to those you choose, including gifts to nonprofit organizations
  • Sets up trusts to save on taxes and provide financial management
  • Names a guardian for minor children, or caregivers for pets
  • Ensures lifetime care for a child with a disability
  • Sets guidelines for distributions if you and your spouse die at the same time

Gifts to Nonprofit Organizations

Creating a gift to Shriners Hospitals can be as simple as a single sentence in your will. Examples to discuss with your attorney include:
General bequest: “I give and bequeath ____ or _____ % to Shriners Hospitals for Children, a corporation, for the use and benefit of all of its locations, or its successors in interest.”
Bequest of residue: “I give, bequeath and devise all of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, whether real or personal, and wherever situated, to Shriners Hospitals for Children, a corporation, for the use and benefit of all locations or to its successors in interest.”

Your attorney may suggest other components. Be prepared to talk about these items so you can walk away with a document that accomplishes your wishes.

A Guide to Making Your Will

What Doesn’t a Will Do?

While a will covers the majority of your assets, there are things that must pass outside of a will. Examples include payouts from life insurance policies, proceeds of retirement accounts, financial accounts designated as payable or transfer on death or commercial annuities. Discuss with a financial professional which of your assets may need to be addressed independent of your will.

What Happens If You Don’t Have a Will?

If you die without a will, your estate will be divided according to laws in the state where you lived. The resulting transfer of assets may be very different from what you had wished. While certain family members will likely receive part of your estate, close friends or causes that you wanted to remember will not be included.

Good to Know

Be careful to store important papers where they are safe as well as reasonably accessible; don’t put your original will in a bank’s safe-deposit box as it may be hard to access immediately after your passing.

A Guide to Making Your Will

Next Steps

We want to work with you to create a gift that best fits your circumstances and our needs. To learn more about including Shriners Hospitals in your will, please contact us today.

Don Gorbandt
Corporate Director of Planned & Major Giving
Phone: 813.367.2241
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: dgorbandt@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/your-planning-library
Clare Meade
Senior Regional Planned & Major Giving Director
Phone: 813.217.3118
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: cmeade@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/cmeade
Kathleen Luzier-Bogolea
Senior Regional Planned & Major Giving Director
Phone: 813.518.7746
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: kluzier-bogolea@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/kluzier-bogolea
MJ Miller
Senior Regional Planned & Major Giving Director
Phone: 801.214.5351
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: mjmiller@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/mjmiller
Terri Andrews
Senior Regional Planned & Major Giving Director
Phone: 314.920.0716
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: tandrews@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/tandrews
David Cantrell
Senior Regional Planned & Major Giving Director
Phone: 813.285.6277
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: dcantrell@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/dcantrell
Alison Petty
Director of Planned and Major Giving Operations
Phone: 813.367.2241
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: apetty@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/apetty
Natalie Deniz
Planned & Major Giving Specialist
Phone: 813.518.7707
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: ndeniz@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/ndeniz
Soledad Toca
Planned & Major Giving Specialist
Phone: 813.518.7615
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: stoca@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/stoca
Bob Hawkes
Planned & Major Giving Officer
Phone: 813.367.2794
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: bob.hawkes@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/bobhawkes
Jennifer Hughes
Director of Principal Gifts and Campaigns
Phone: 713.202.6495
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: jhughes@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jhughes
Catherine McDonough
Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Phone: 813.205.2719
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: cmcdonough@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/cmcdonough
Jacqui Kasper
Associate Director, Principal Gifts and Campaigns
Phone: 813.344.6167
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: jkasper@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jkasper
Jeremy Tomlinson
Associate Director, Corporate & Community Engagement
Phone: 813.518.7635
Fax: 813.281.7156
Email: jetomlinson@shrinenet.org
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jetomlinson
Stacey Perlmutter
Director of Development
Phone: 413.787.2000
Email: sperlmutter@shrinenet.org
516 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104

https://shcgiftplanning.org/sperlmutter
Shiva Damghany
Director of Development
Phone: 617.371.4746
Email: sdamghany@shrinenet.org
51 Blossom St.
Boston, MA 02114

https://shcgiftplanning.org/sdamghany
Carolyn Wahto
Development Officer
Phone: 617.371.4807
Email: cwahto@shrinenet.org
51 Blossom St.
Boston, MA 02114

https://shcgiftplanning.org/cwahto
David Schumacher
Director of Development
Phone: 814.875.8781
Email: daschumacher@shrinenet.org
1645 W. 8th St.
Erie, PA 16505

https://shcgiftplanning.org/daschumacher
Terry Diamond
Director of Development
Phone: 215.430.4055
Email: tdiamond@shrinenet.org
3551 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140

https://shcgiftplanning.org/tdiamond
Bonnie Meister
Development Officer
Phone: 215.430.4046
Email: bmeister@shrinenet.org
3551 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140

https://shcgiftplanning.org/bmeister
Paul Finelli
Director of Development
Phone: 864.255.7850
Email: pfinelli@shrinenet.org
950 W. Farris Rd.
Greenville, SC 29605

https://shcgiftplanning.org/pfinelli
Jennifer Pearson
Development Officer
Phone: 864.255.8770
Email: jfpearson@shrinenet.org
950 W. Farris Rd.
Greenville, SC 29605

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jfpearson
Christie Waters
Donor Development Associate
Phone: 864.255.8765
Email: cwaters@shrinenet.org
950 W. Farris Rd.
Greenville, SC 29605

https://shcgiftplanning.org/cwaters
Dale Wallenius
Director of Development
Phone: 859.268.5770
Email: dwallenius@shrinenet.org
110 Conn Terrace
Lexington, KY 40508

https://shcgiftplanning.org/dwallenius
McRae Stephenson
Development Officer
Phone: 859.368.5766
Email: ann.stephenson@shrinenet.org
110 Conn Terrace
Lexington, KY 40507

https://shcgiftplanning.org/annstephenson
Alicia Argiz-Lyons
Director of Development
Phone: 813.975.7118
Email: aargiz-lyons@shrinenet.org
12502 USF Pine Dr.
Tampa, FL 33612

https://shcgiftplanning.org/aargiz-lyons
Thomas Sloan
Director of Development
Phone: 713.793.3709
Email: tsloan@shrinenet.org
6977 Main St.
Houston, TX 77030

https://shcgiftplanning.org/tsloan
Debra Richmond
Development Officer
Phone: 713.793.3947
Email: derichmond@shrinenet.org
6977 Main St.
Houston, TX 77030

https://shcgiftplanning.org/derichmond
Lisa Court
Director of Development
Phone: 409.770.6957
Email: lcourt@shrinenet.org
815 Market St.
Galveston, TX 77550

https://shcgiftplanning.org/lcourt
Lisa Mignerey
Development Officer
Phone: 409.770.6853
Email: lmignerey@shrinenet.org
815 Market St.
Galveston, TX 77550

https://shcgiftplanning.org/lmignerey
Jennifer Martin
Director of Development
Phone: 318.226.4304
Email: jmmartin@shrinenet.org
3100 Samford Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71103

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jmmartin
Jennifer Laurent
Development Officer
Phone: 318.222.5704
Email: jlaurent@shrinenet.org
3100 Samford Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71103

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jlaurent
Aaron J. Hanson
Director of Development
Phone: 626.389.9566
Email: aahanson@shrinenet.org
909 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

https://shcgiftplanning.org/aahanson
Joanne David
Development Officer
Phone: 626.389.9587
Email: jodavid@shrinenet.org
909 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jodavid
Nathan Clark
Director of Development
Phone: 801.536.3567
Email: naclark@shrinenet.org
1275 E. Fairfax Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

https://shcgiftplanning.org/naclark
Kristin Liszkowski
Associate Director of Development
Phone: 801.536.3812
Email: kliszkowski@shrinenet.org
1275 E. Fairfax Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

https://shcgiftplanning.org/kliszkowski
Alan Anderson
Director of Development
Phone: 916.453.2008
Email: asanderson@shrinenet.org
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

https://shcgiftplanning.org/asanderson
Melissa Wood
Associate Director of Development
Phone: 916.453.2110
Email: mwood@shrinenet.org
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

https://shcgiftplanning.org/mwood
Bettina Kohlbrenner
Development Officer
Phone: 916.453.2321
Email: bettina.kohlbrenner@shrinenet.org
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

https://shcgiftplanning.org/bettinakohlbrenner
Janessa Pulido
Development Officer–Silicon Valley
Phone: 916.453.2321
Email: jpulido@shrinenet.org
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jpulido
Kathy Park
Director of Development
Phone: 971.544.3334
Email: kkpark@shrinenet.org
3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

https://shcgiftplanning.org/kkpark
Devereaux Dion
Associate Director of Development
Phone: 971.282.4605
Email: ddion@shrinenet.org
3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

https://shcgiftplanning.org/ddion
Angelique Heinzen
Director of Development
Phone: 509.744.1242
Email: aheinzen@shrinenet.org
911 W. 5th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99210

https://shcgiftplanning.org/aheinzen
Lisa Smith
Associate Director of Development
Phone: 509.252.3381
Email: lissmith@shrinenet.org
911 W. 5th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99210

https://shcgiftplanning.org/lissmith
Lori Suan
Director of Development
Phone: 808.951.3609
Email: lsuan@shrinenet.org
1310 Punahou St.
Honolulu, HI 96826

https://shcgiftplanning.org/lsuan
Dianne Johnson
Director of Development
Phone: 314.692.6430
Email: dsjohnson@shrinenet.org
4400 Clayton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

https://shcgiftplanning.org/dsjohnson
Janet Cline
Development Officer
Phone: 314.872.8330
Email: jcline@shrinenet.org
4400 Clayton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jcline
Jennifer Sutch
Director of Development
Phone: 612.596.6201
Email: jsutch@shrinenet.org
215 Radio Drive, Suite 100
Woodbury, MN 55125

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jsutch
Dan Winter
Director of Development
Phone: 773.385.5805
Email: dwinter@shrinenet.org
2211 N. Oak Park Dr.
Chicago, IL 60707

https://shcgiftplanning.org/dwinter
Janet Coffey
Development Officer
Phone: 773.385.5451
Email: jcoffey@shrinenet.org
2211 N. Oak Park Dr.
Chicago, IL 60707

https://shcgiftplanning.org/jcoffey
Mark McCauley
Development Officer
Phone: 773.385.5879
Email: mamccauley@shrinenet.org
2211 N. Oak Park Dr.
Chicago, IL 60707

https://shcgiftplanning.org/mamccauley
Bethany Deines
Director of Development
Phone: 513.872.6029
Email: bdeines@shrinenet.org
3229 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229

https://shcgiftplanning.org/bdeines
Kari Tucker
Associate Director of Development
Phone: 513.872.6100
Email: kari.tucker@shrinenet.org
3229 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229

https://shcgiftplanning.org/karitucker

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