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It's a good week to consider wills and estate planning

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- This week, Oct. 20-26, is West Virginia's eighth Wills Week, according to a press release from Leave A Legacy of Central Appalachia, a program of the KYOWVA Planned Giving Council.

The National Association of Estate Planning Councils is also observing Estate Planning Awareness Week during this time.

Leave a Legacy is a collaborative effort among nonprofit organizations and professional estate planning advisors. The program encourages West Virginians to protect their family's future through appropriate estate planning and to include gift support for one or more of their favorite charitable organizations because each gift accomplishes something good that couldn't happen otherwise.

"Thankfully, many West Virginians make gifts to support nonprofits year after year while they're living," said Marilyn DiVita, Leave A Legacy president. "We hope they understand that their support is needed in the future too. By including their favorite nonprofits in their will, they'll assure their personal legacy of support will continue. At the same time they plan for their family's future needs, they can help make the future West Virginia an even better place to live and raise a family through their charitable choices."

Outreach efforts are taking place throughout West Virginia during the week to alert everyone about the benefits of future charitable support.

Nonprofit partners will also send information to those they serve.

Nonprofit organizations and financial advisors interested in advancing their efforts related to bequest support may learn more at www.lalwv.org or call 304-343-2235 for a membership packet.

Major partners of Leave A Legacy are Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, Sundale Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Facility, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and the WVU Foundation.

More information on charitable planning is available at www.lalwv.org.

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