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Sample Bequest Language for Wills and Trusts

Unrestricted Bequest

"I give, devise and bequeath to the Trustees of Dartmouth College, a corporation duly existing under the laws of the State of New Hampshire and located in Hanover, in said State, __________ dollars ($__________) or __________ percent (__________%) of my residuary estate, whichever is less, for the unrestricted use of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth."

Restricted Bequest

"I give, devise and bequeath to the Trustees of Dartmouth College, a corporation duly existing under the laws of the State of New Hampshire and located in Hanover, in said State, __________ dollars ($__________) or __________ percent (__________%) of my residuary estate, whichever is less, for the benefit of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth to be used in support of (Clinical Teaching Initiative/scholarship aid/the construction of …/cardiology research/Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth/genetics research/etc). If, for any reason, it is the opinion of the Trustees that the proceeds from my bequest cannot usefully be applied to the above stated purpose, then the proceeds may be used for any purpose that the trustees determine most closely accomplishes my wishes and purposes."

If you wish to make a bequest to honor the memory of a family member or friend, or to honor the practice of a named physician, please contact Gift Planning for specific wording.

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