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Making a Bequest in Your Will
Lion Guardians U.S. (“LGUS”) welcomes cash bequests by will. Before proceeding, however, please consult your tax advisor, attorney, and/or financial planner. The information provided on this subject on the LGUS website is not legal advice and should not be taken as a statement or interpretation of the law. In addition, this information may not apply outside the United States.

With suitable planning you may be able to make a significant bequest to support the work of LGUS while reducing, or even eliminating, estate taxation at both the federal and state level.

The federal estate tax exclusion amount for 2014 is $5,340,000. In general, a decedent’s estate will not be taxable unless the value of the estate after certain adjustments exceeds this amount. Because LGUS is a charitable organization described in sections 501(c)(3) and 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, making a bequest to LGUS is a great way to reduce, or even avoid altogether, the federal estate tax. Such a bequest may yield tax benefits at the state level too.

Sample Wording
The following is sample wording that may be helpful in planning a bequest to Lion Guardians U.S., but please consult with your tax advisor, attorney and/or financial planner for precise language:

Specific Bequest - I give, devise and bequeath the sum of _______________(insert dollar amount) to Wildlife Guardians (d/b/a Lion Guardians U.S.), a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation, which may be reached at PO Box 2378, Alexandria, VA 22301-0496, USA.

Residuary Bequest - I give, devise and bequeath _______ (insert %) of all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to Wildlife Guardians (d/b/a/ Lion Guardians U.S.), a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation, which may be reached at PO Box 2378, Alexandria, VA 22301-0496, USA. 

Contingency Bequest - If ________________ (insert name of beneficiary(ies)) does (replace with “do” if more than one beneficiary) not survive me, I give, devise and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to Wildlife Guardians (d/b/a Lion Guardians U.S.), a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation, which may be reached at PO Box 2378, Alexandria, VA 22301-0496, USA.

Restricted Bequest - I give, devise and bequeath _______ (insert $ amount or % of residue) to Wildlife Guardians (d/b/a/ Lion Guardians U.S.), a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation, which may be reached at PO Box 2378, Alexandria, VA 22301-0496, USA, to be used exclusively in furtherance of the “Lion Guardians” project. However, in the event the Board of Directors of Wildlife Guardians determines it can no longer honor the foregoing restriction, the Board may devote any remaining assets exclusively for charitable purposes that are consistent with Wildlife Guardians’ mission and most nearly approximate the purpose of the foregoing restriction.

Creating a Life Income Trust in Your Will
Another possibility is a life income trust created by your will. You may be able to realize significant estate tax savings by establishing such a trust for the benefit of Lion Guardians U.S.

Testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust - A Testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust may be set up to provide life income to a survivor, with the principal going to Lion Guardians U.S. on the survivor's death.

Testamentary Charitable Lead Trust - A Testamentary Charitable Lead Trust may be established in your will to eliminate estate and inheritance taxes, and thus increase your estate for your children, grandchildren, or other heirs while continuing your important annual support for our institution for a specific number of years.

Please consult with your tax advisor, attorney and/or financial planner for additional details. 

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