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Woman uses estate plan to help fight bullying

There are many different causes a person may care greatly about during the course of their lifetime. An important thing to note is that a person's support of causes that are important to them doesn't have to end when they pass away. One of the things individuals here in Texas can use estate plans for is setting up after-death gifts towards causes they care about so they can continue to financially support the cause even after they die. 

This use of estate planning can be seen in an after-death gift a woman in another state recently made. The gift is aimed at fighting bullying.

Bullying is something that impacted the woman's family in a very personal way. The woman's son had a vocal impediment and auditory sensitivity that bullies targeted him in connection to when he went to high school in Palatine, Illinois in the 1970s.

A few years ago, the woman's son died. In the past few months, some of his former high school classmates set up an anti-bullying scholarship bearing his name. The scholarship is intended for graduating students of the above-mentioned high school who have been bullied or have taken a stand against bullying.

The woman died this month. In her estate plan, she included an after-death gift to support this scholarship. Specifically, she left $50,000 towards the funding of the scholarship. 

This matter illustrates that it is possible for a person to make it so their support of causes that they care about will continue after they die. 

When it comes to estate planning, one thing that can be vital is making the estate plan consistent with what is most important for a person. Experienced Texas estate planning lawyers can help individuals understand what they can do in their wills and other estate planning devices to help promote causes that matter to them and other things they care deeply about.

Source: Daily Herald, "Mother of bullied Fremd student wills $50,000 to scholarship," Eric Peterson, July 25, 2015

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