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Bequests

For many friends and alumni of Harvard Law School, the best way to make a gift to the Law School is in the form of a bequest. Bequests can be made through gifts of cash, securities, real estate, and tangible personal property.

Residuary Bequest
Harvard Law School receives all or a percentage of the remainder of the estate after the payment of any specific bequests and all estate-related expenses.

Specific Bequest
Harvard Law School receives a specific dollar amount.

Bequest of Property
Harvard Law School receives designated assets, such as securities, an interest in real estate (such as a residence), or tangible personal property (e.g., works of art, antiques).

Testamentary Trust
The trust provides one or more heirs with income for life, after which the assets pass to Harvard Law School.

Retirement Plan
Harvard Law School is designated as a beneficiary of the remainder or a percentage of the remainder of your IRA, Keogh, tax-sheltered annuity, qualified pension, or profit-sharing plan.

Testamentary QTIP Trust
The trust provides income, and principal if needed, to your spouse for life, after which the assets pass to the Law School.

Contingent Bequest
Harvard Law School is given a bequest only in the event of the death of other beneficiaries, or upon the satisfaction of other contingencies specified in your will.

Last modified: August 16, 2013

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