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For many friends and alumni of Harvard Law School, the best way to make a gift to the Law School is in the form of a bequest. Bequests can be made through gifts of cash, securities, real estate, and tangible personal property.

Residuary Bequest

Harvard Law School receives all or a percentage of the remainder of the estate after the payment of any specific bequests and all estate-related expenses.

Specific Bequest

Harvard Law School receives a specific dollar amount.

Bequest of Property

Harvard Law School receives designated assets, such as securities, an interest in real estate (such as a residence), or tangible personal property (e.g., works of art, antiques).

Testamentary Trust

The trust provides one or more heirs with income for life, after which the assets pass to Harvard Law School.

Retirement Plan

Harvard Law School is designated as a beneficiary of the remainder or a percentage of the remainder of your IRA, Keogh, tax-sheltered annuity, qualified pension, or profit-sharing plan.

Testamentary QTIP Trust

The trust provides income, and principal if needed, to your spouse for life, after which the assets pass to the Law School.

Contingent Bequest

Harvard Law School is given a bequest only in the event of the death of other beneficiaries, or upon the satisfaction of other contingencies specified in your will.

Sample Bequest Language

To name the Law School in your will, you can include the following language:

I give (___ dollars/ __ percentage or all of the residue of my estate) to the President and Fellows of Harvard College, a Massachusetts educational, charitable corporation, for the benefit of Harvard Law School.

To make a specific bequest, please contact Harvard Law School’s Planned Giving staff at 617-384-9932 or