For The Register-Herald
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared Oct. 14-20 as West Virginia’s seventh Wills Week. He took this action in support of the statewide efforts of 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 advisers. 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.
Dena Cushman, Leave a Legacy secretary, said, “Increasing numbers of southern West Virginians are recognizing opportunities to support their charitable interests not only while they are living, but also in the future. By including their favorite nonprofits in their will, they’ll extend their personal legacy of support. Both their family’s needs and their charitable interests can be made a part of their estate plan.”
Outreach efforts are taking place throughout West Virginia during Wills Week to alert everyone about the benefits of future charitable support. In the Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Elkins, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Princeton and Wheeling areas, special newspaper articles will be published to provide information on estate planning. Radio and television programming around the state will also include information on estate planning and charitable support options.
Nonprofit organizations and financial advisers 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.
Leave a Legacy member organizations from the southern part of West Virginia include Beckley Area Foundation, Community Foundation of the Virginias, Concord University Foundation, GlenWood Park Foundation, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Hinton Area Foundation, New River Community & Technical College, Tamarack Foundation, United Way of Southern West Virginia and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
For more information about charitable planning and Leave A Legacy, visit www.lalwv.org.