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Leave a Legacy

The Hon. R. Stuart Hoffius - Rosemary Scott Legacy Society celebrates our history and honors those who choose to create a legacy of their own by including the Justice Foundation of West Michigan in their estate plans. The Hon. R. Stuart Hoffius and Miss Rosemary Scott were both prominent, active members of the Grand Rapids Bar Association throughout their distinguished legal careers and well into their retirement years. The Justice Foundation of West Michigan stands as a legacy of their vision, caring, and leadership. 

Our Legacy Society recognizes those who through a bequest, trust arrangement, retirement plan, or life insurance policy are making a contribution to the future of justice in West Michigan. These devoted individuals stand apart through their example of caring and thoughtful planning.

We invite you to join the growing number of people who are building a stronger community by including the Justice Foundation of West Michigan in their wills and financial plans. For years to come, your commitment will provide legal services to the disadvantaged, improve the administration of justice, and educate the public about core democratic values.

To learn more about the Hon. R. Stuart Hoffius - Rosemary Scott Legacy Society or to discuss giving to the Justice Foundation of West Michigan, please call Executive Director Kimberly A. Coleman at 616- 454-5550.

How You Can Leave A Legacy

Bequests in your Will

One of the simplest ways of making a gift to the Justice Foundation is through your will. You can name the Foundation the direct beneficiary of specific assets, or a portion of your estate. Bequests to the Justice Foundation are free from federal estate taxes and can therefore offer substantial estate tax savings.

Gifts of Stock

A gift of stock that has increased in value over a number of years can be particularly tax-wise. By gifting the stock to the Justice Foundation, you avoid capital gains tax on the gain. In addition, your charitable contribution deduction is equal to the full market value of the stock.

Life Income Gifts

Charitable life income arrangements can allow you to increase your income, receive a charitable deduction, avoid capital gains tax, and support the Justice Foundation. A charitable gift annuity, deferred gift annuity, or charitable remainder trust are some of the most common gift-giving techniques that provide the donor with an income for life.

You can name the Justice Foundation as a beneficiary and owner of an old or new policy. You may receive an immediate income tax deduction for the gift’s value, plus possible estate tax savings.

Retirement Plans

You can name the Justice Foundation as a beneficiary on your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), Keogh Plan, 401(k), 403(b), or other qualified retirement plan. You can name the Justice Foundation as the direct beneficiary of all or any part of your retirement account. The proceeds of these plans are distributed entirely outside of probate and are entirely free from federal estate tax.

Additional Contributions

If you would like to investigate other ways of contributing to the Justice Foundation, see our information on becoming a fellow or making a gift.



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