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Memphis University School

Estate Planning

When Memphis University School was established in 1893, it was the result of the vision of many generous donors. While MUS is a lasting testimony to all who have supported the school throughout its history, we continue to look toward the future. There are generations of students yet to enroll, all deserving the best education possible in order to become the future leaders of our communities, our nation and the world in which we live. The information on this Web site offers you an opportunity to be part of the school's future by being a part of its tradition. Since we first opened our doors, many of our most significant gifts have come to the school as planned gifts: gifts that make a permanent impact on the institution and its students, such as naming MUS in your will. MUS continually seeks to raise funds to move us forward as we hold steadfastly to the traditions upon which we were founded. We invite you to read No Small Plan, and then to create a plan of your own…a plan to ensure the future of MUS.

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Perry Dement
Director of Advancement
(901) 260-1350

Claire Farmer
Director of Annual Fund
(901) 260-1356

Ann Laughlin
Director of Parent and Alumni Programs
(901) 260-1398

Jean Saunders
Development Assistant
(901) 260-1350

Karen Skahan
Assistant Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Programs
(901) 260-1412

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Memphis University School a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

The official bequest language for Memphis University School is: "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Memphis University School [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose." 

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Memphis University School or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Memphis University School as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Memphis University School as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Memphis University School where you agree to make a gift to Memphis University School and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

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