Does Your Will Reflect His Will?

BY STEPHEN JUDD While it’s true we can’t take our treasures with us, we can send treasures on to heaven. The beloved apostle John wrote, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord…their works do follow them" (Revelation 14:13). Making a will may be a small thing, but it's never a little thing. Certainly it's not a little thing to God, nor is it a little thing to deserving beneficiaries, who may be immeasurably helped by your thoughtful planning. And certainly it's not a little thing to the one making the will, for it enables prayerful, intelligent distribution of the material possessions provided by God during one's lifetime. Executing a will is not difficult or costly. Careful estate planning can ensure that your property will pass on to the people and ministries that are meaningful to you.Will and Testament Through a bequest in your will or trust, you can help to ensure that the vital, ongoing work of the Lord through Tupelo Children’s Mansion will continue on a firm foundation in the future. TCM operates as a non-profit organization and is qualified for tax exemption under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS code. This means that your gift removes assets from the taxable portion of your estate. Your bequest can be a stated dollar amount, a percentage, a specific asset, or the remainder of your estate after other distributions have been made. We kindly ask that you let us know if you name TCM in your will, trust, insurance policy, or retirement plan. We would be honored to have the opportunity to express our appreciation of your confidence in the mission of the Mansion. TCM gladly accepts gifts of stock as well as gifts made in-kind such as real estate, vehicles, coins, jewelry, or other donated items of value. It can be advantageous for gifts of stock or property to be donated prior to being sold to avoid capital gains taxes and significantly increase the contribution benefits to you. However, we suggest that you consult with your financial advisor concerning these matters. For more information on how you can support Tupelo Children's Mansion, go to, or call 662.842.6982. We invite you to follow us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter: @stephenjudd @ermajudd @mansionkids