You may be surprised to learn that an estimated 70 percent of American adults have not yet made a will or trust, even though these documents are vitally important to all individuals and families. For those who never complete their estate plans, the government will apply a series of laws that may or may not be what is desirable for the families or heirs.

You may also be surprised to learn that those who check out planned giving as part of the will and trust process often discover opportunities that not only help their favorite charity, but also provide added benefits for themselves and their families. Even those who already have made plans may find that working with a qualified charity can provide additional benefits they never knew were available.

Years ago, when I was a estate planning lawyer, I discovered that people would approach this subject with foreboding, only to end up feeling good and relieved after completing their plans. Many of them actually enjoyed the process, and the peace of knowing their lives were in order and their families were better off for the planning.

National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii is offering a free “Wills Guide” packed with helpful information to consider before making an appointment with your attorney. It is our way of encouraging you to take the first step towards leaving your legacy. Should you like a free copy, please call me at 808-589-5976 or send an email requesting the guide to

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