How to Complete Your Gift

Perhaps your home or other real estate is not as special to your loved ones as it is to you. If so, including a gift of your real estate in your will or trust may be a good option. Most important, it can help fund your desire to be part of our future success. A gift of real estate can be completed in three steps.

1. Determine how you would like your real estate gift to be used. Do you have a particular program in mind that you would like to fund with your gift? Will your gift be unrestricted, enabling us to use the proceeds from the sale of your real estate for our most pressing needs? If you choose to specify the purpose of your gift, please let us know so we can ensure that your intentions can be fulfilled.

2. Meet with your estate planning attorney. Discuss your possible tax and other benefits with your attorney to ensure that this gift meets your goals. An estate planning attorney can prepare your will or trust if you do not have one, or prepare a codicil to your will or an amendment to an existing trust

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The official legal bequest language for Gustavus Adolphus College is: "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP] give, devise and bequeath to Gustavus Adolphus College [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose [or specify purpose]."

3. Let us know of your plans. Please contact Jackie Peterson at 507-933-7543 or jpeters9@gustavus.edu to let us know when you have made plans for your gift in your will or trust. We would love the opportunity to thank you for your generous act. Of course, we are happy to honor your wishes regarding anonymity.

If you have any questions about these steps, please contact Jackie Peterson at 507-933-7543 or jpeters9@gustavus.edu.