Dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character
The Sheffield Land Trust
Celebrating 25 years • 1989-2014
P.O. Box 940, 96 Main St., Sheffield, MA 01257-0940
Phone: 413 229-0234; Fax: 413 229-0239; shefland@bcn.net

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Bequests

"Where there's a will there's a way"


A bequest is the simplest and easiest way to make a significant gift to the Sheffield Land Trust after your lifetime.  It offers flexibility — you retain use of your assets and can make changes at any time to reflect your philanthropic and financial goals.  And a charitable bequest is deductible for federal estate tax purposes.  We advise that you obtain the assistance of an attorney when making or revising your will. There are several common forms of charitable bequest:

Cash Bequest
Designate a specific amount for Sheffield Land Trust.

Residuary Bequest
Direct all or a percentage of your estate to Sheffield Land Trust, after payment of cash bequests and estate-related expenses.

Bequest of Property
Direct a particular asset, such as real estate, securities, or tangible personal property, such as an antique or valuable art object, to Sheffield Land Trust.

Testamentary Trusts
Provide income for a spouse or other family member for life or a term of years, after which the remaining assets will pass to Sheffield Land Trust.

To leave a gift for Sheffield Land Trust the following language will help your attorney in preparing your will or in adding a codicil to your present will.

A Specific Bequest - a gift of a particular dollar amount or a particular asset:
I give, bequeath and devise (dollar amount or description of asset) to Sheffield Land Trust, Inc., now or formerly in the Town of Sheffield, 404 LeGeyt Road, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to be used for its general purposes.

A Residuary Bequest - a gift of all or part of the property remaining in your estate after debts, expenses, and specific bequests have been paid (usually stated as a percentage):
I give, bequeath and devise (all, or ____% of) the rest, residue, and remainder of the property, both real and personal, wherever situated, which I may own or be entitled to at my death, to Sheffield Land Trust, Inc., now or formerly in the Town of Sheffield, 404 LeGeyt Road, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to be used for its general purposes.

Sheffield Land Trust, Inc. (E.I.N. #04-3079035) is a tax-exempt corporation under Internal Revenue Service code section 501(c)(3) and is not classified as a private foundation. Your bequest is fully deductible against federal estate tax.