*Revocable Living Trusts are only available for California residents currently
Our Values Aligned
Many Riverkeeper supporters have chosen to advance the values that have been most important in their lives by providing a legacy gift in their estate plans. No matter the size of your gift, you have the opportunity to protect and restore the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard drinking water for millions of New Yorkers for years to come.
Traditionally, estate planning can be expensive and time-consuming. To solve this problem, Riverkeeper is pleased to offer our members free access to Giving Docs, an online service where you can easily create your will and other estate planning documents in just a few minutes. There is no obligation to leave a gift to Riverkeeper in order to use Giving Docs. This is our gift to you.
By making a gift to Riverkeeper in your estate plans, after providing for family and loved ones, you can play a vital part in defending the Hudson from pollution and restoring habitat for fish and other creatures that call our waterways home. If you love the Hudson and wish to protect it beyond your lifetime, please join the Storm King Society by remembering Riverkeeper in your will.
"Right now, I support Riverkeeper by doing—by giving money when I can, but mostly giving my time. It makes me feel very good knowing that I can help ensure that Riverkeeper’s programs like the water quality sampling program and boat patrol can continue after I’m gone by including them in my will."
Your Last Will and Testament is a formal document that specifies your wishes when you pass away. If you do not have a will, state law will determine how your belongings, children and pets are placed among your living family.
Giving Docs advises that a completed will is not legally binding until it has been signed and executed in accordance with the laws of your state of residence. Giving Docs will give you detailed instructions on how to do so in order to ensure that your will carries out your wishes. Giving Docs securely keeps your information in your profile so that you can quickly and easily update your will whenever you need to. The standard will document you create on the GivingDocs website incorporates typical estate planning needs. If you have a complicated estate with multiple properties and complex assets, or would like to discuss alternative planned giving vehicles, we recommend consulting an attorney and/or financial advisor.
This offer is free to you, compliments of Riverkeeper.
No. While Riverkeeper covers the cost of providing this service to our supporters, Giving Docs is an independent third-party platform, completely separate from Riverkeeper. Its services are provided without review from Riverkeeper, and Riverkeeper is not liable for its use. Giving Docs is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Your use of the platform is subject to Giving Docs' Terms of Service, which we encourage you to review.
Giving Docs states a will from Giving Docs is valid in all 50 states and the District of Columbia if it has been signed and executed in accordance with the laws of your state of residence. If you live outside of the U.S., you may use the Giving Docs process to outline your wishes in preparation for speaking with an attorney.
Yes. Giving Docs makes it easy to leave gifts to all of your favorite organizations. Giving Docs will prompt you to leave a percentage of your estate to your favorite charity, but you are not required to leave a gift in order to create a will through Giving Docs.
Yes, you can use Giving Docs to create a new will. Be sure to have it executed per the laws in your state.
Yes, Giving Docs offers the opportunity to leave a gift without altering your existing Will through a codicil. You can access the codicil platform directly.
Riverkeeper does not share your personal information with Giving Docs. Giving Docs only receives the information that you provide to them, when you activate your Giving Docs account. Giving Docs' Terms of Service prohibits the sale or rental of user names or other personal information.
When creating your account with Giving Docs, you will be asked if you would like to share your contact information with any charities for which you leave a gift. If you choose to share your contact information, the charity will receive your contact information and note about your planned gift, as agreed upon. No other data will be shared with the charity. If you do not wish to share any information at all, you can choose to remain anonymous. If you choose to remain anonymous, the charity will not receive any identifying information.
You are not required to leave a gift to Riverkeeper or any other organization in order to create a will. And any bequest provision you include is revocable. It can be changed at any time for any reason. Simply log back into your account to update your will, and follow the instructions for signatures and notarizations.
So many Riverkeeper supporters choose to provide a future gift that we are able to offer Giving Docs for free to our dedicated supporters.