Setting aside the far more important spiritual issues about eternity, there are either two or three questions on the minds of persons as they think responsibly about their own retirement and then about what will happen at the end of their lives here on earth. They are:

 1) How much will my spouse and I need for our living expenses? 

 2) What can or should we pass on to our children, family and friends – and when?

Finally, the third question is not reached in all cases, but it is the question that determines whether there is planned giving or estate planning happening. It is:

 3) Would we rather leave a part of our estate to our favorite charities (and God should certainly be at the top of that list), or to the government?

But even estate planning is a lot more than just a will. Read the articles listed below and learn more about details you have to seriously consider to have a responsible and complete estate plan, whether you include planned giving or not. The additional resources you need to read are:

Hey, I Don’t Have Much, So I Don’t Need a Will … Do I?

Your Will Was Last Redone How Long Ago?

A Lasting Impact

A Will Can Do A Lot

What Is an Advance Directive?

What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

What is a Health Care Surrogate Designation?

What is a Living Will?

What Other Advance Directives Are There?

Leaving to Idlewild Baptist Church Is a Blessing

In Remembrance

What Will Your Legacy Be? – Part 1

What Will Your Legacy Be? – Part 2

Being Cash Poor Does Not Mean You Can’t Give

Creating an Endowment

The Idlewild Foundation Permanent Fund

Leaving a Gift in Your Will

Gifts Anyone Can Make

To Give and Receive at the Same Time – The Charitable Gift Annuity

The Giving Fund

It Isn’t That Hard to Give