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WKU announces partnership with FreeWill to provide community free resource in writing legal wills

The mission of Western Kentucky University has always been to provide research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for students, alumni and community.

Whether a Hilltopper walked on campus a few short years ago or has been an advocate for WKU for decades, the university has always strived to support members of the WKU family today and in the future.

In that spirit, WKU has partnered with FreeWill — a social venture featured in Forbes, The New York Times and Oprah’s 31 Best Ways to Make a Difference — to provide a new resource to the community: a free tool to write a legal will. FreeWill has empowered more than 160,000 Americans to plan for their futures and protect the things they love by removing the expensive legal fees often associated with the process.

“Estate planning is an important life task that often gets pushed aside because it can be confusing or complicated, which explains why nearly 70 percent of American adults don’t have an up-to-date will,” said Amanda Trabue, Vice President for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement. “This partnership allows our WKU family to write a legal will at no personal cost, in 20 minutes or less.”

The partnership with FreeWill also provides access to other important estate-planning documents, such as an Advanced Healthcare Directive (also known as a “living will”) and a Financial Power of Attorney. Additionally, it can be used in tandem with the attorney of your choice.

FreeWill has helped raise more than $1.6 billion for charities by helping its users support the causes they care about through a planned gift. Planned giving is advantageous for both the donor and the organization. For the donor, it’s a gift that assures peace of mind, generally costs nothing today and can come with great tax benefit. For the organization, it allows them to carry out their mission for generations to come.

“Many individuals have expressed an interest in including a gift to WKU in their estate plans but have noted the complexities often involved with planned giving,” said Trabue. “We hope this partnership makes it easier than ever to support WKU in perpetuity.

“Whether or not alumni, donors and friends consider creating a legacy with WKU, the goal of this partnership is to provide our community with an opportunity to plan for their future, protect what they love and gain peace of mind in this much-needed moment,” added Trabue.

Including WKU in your estate plans is not a requirement to utilize this free service.

To begin writing a will, visit FreeWill.com/WKU. For more information about this service, contact WKU Philanthropy at philanthropy@wku.edu or (270) 745-6208.

From Western Kentucky University

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