Sample Bequest Language for a Will or Living Trust

Note: This is only a guide. These issues and wording should be discussed with your own personal attorney and advisor.

Bequest of cash

“I bequeath the sum of [$xxx,000] to Reach, Tax ID # 91-1644321, Tacoma, Washington.”

Bequest of a percent of the estate

“I devise and bequeath [xx%] of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to Reach, Tax ID # 91-1644321, Tacoma, Washington.”      

Contingent Bequest

“If [my brother John Doe] survives me, I devise and bequeath [xx%] of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to [John Doe]. If [John Doe] does not survive me, then I devise and bequeath [xx%] of my residuary estate, whether real or personal property and wherever located to Reach, Tax ID # 91-1644321, Tacoma, Washington.”