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We also offer the ability to create a free Revocable Living Trust

Everybody needs a will

Whether you’re 18 or 108, everyone should have a will in place. People use wills to choose who gets their property, name guardians for minor children, provide a plan for pets, and more.

Through a will, many people also choose to leave a part of their estate to Salisbury School and make an impact on the causes they love, for years to come.

Why give in your will?

Continue to use assets or property during your lifetime
Potentially reduce your estate tax burden
Leave a lasting legacy to Salisbury School

Common gifted assets in wills and trusts

  • Financial accounts
  • Real estate
  • Vehicles
  • Brokerage accounts
  • Crypto and NFTs
  • Personal property

Make your will online – for free!

Salisbury School has partnered with FreeWill to offer an online estate planning tool that makes it easy and cost-free to make your plan. In as little as 20 minutes, you can help support our mission for future generations.

We also offer the ability to create a free Revocable Living Trust

Popular resources

Estate planning checklist

Ten important documents to get your affairs in order.


Sample bequest language for your will or trust

This language may help you and your attorney as you consider a gift that will meet your financial and personal goals.


Sample codicil

When it’s time to update your will, you can use a codicil—an addition or supplement that explains or modifies your existing will.


Supporting Salisbury; Then, Now, Always

Planned gifts, such as bequests and gifts in wills, are critical to our mission of instilling in our boys a vibrant enthusiasm for learning and the self-confidence needed for intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development. These gifts provide long-term support, ensuring that we can continue to make a positive impact on Salisbury boys for years to come.

Herb May ’83, Trustee Emeritus: Supporting Salisbury; Then, now, always.

“I’ve been blessed over the years to have had several opportunities to speak to the boys on The Hilltop about my experience at Salisbury and the impact the school had on my life. I recently spoke at Convocation over Reunion Weekend and as I wrapped up my talk, I told the boys the following: “To whom much is given, much will be required.” The gift you’ve been given is the Salisbury Experience. It may not be apparent yet, but it’s something that will last with you your whole life. Be grateful. You may not feel that way, cramming late at night for a calculus exam or riding home on a bus for two hours after losing to a rival on the athletic field. Who would sign up for that? But it’s all part of it. You’re on a journey and because of your time here, you’ll be well prepared for what you encounter in the future.

I had no idea I could achieve my dream of attending UVA. I had no idea coming here would connect me with my amazing wife. I had no idea I’d have a son one day who would graduate from Salisbury. I didn’t know that giving back meant being a trustee for over two decades. It’s all in front of you now and it’s all possible. Salisbury will lead you to places, provide you with experiences, and help create relationships you never dreamed of either. Look around the room. You’re part of a Brotherhood. Go at your own pace. Loyalty and honor.

When I sat down to plan my estate, it was Salisbury that was the constant, the reason I had the opportunity to give back. Why wouldn’t I? I’m so proud to be able to help Salisbury thrive and grow into the future. Salisbury will forever be part of my life, and I will forever be part of its success.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! FreeWill will never share your personal information without your permission.

Yes. You are always free to revise or update your estate plans.

We’ve partnered with FreeWill to help you make a will or trust at no cost to you. You can use this to complete your plans, or you may choose to use the same tools to get your affairs in order before visiting an attorney (who is likely to have a fee associated with finalizing your plans).

Yes! Knowing in advance about your intentions is quite helpful to our staff, but you are always welcome to not share your gift.

Yes! Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Many people choose to leave a percentage of their estate, which scales up or down with your estate size.

We’re here to help you meet your goals!

Our team would be happy to speak with you in confidence about your giving goals, with no obligation.

Name: Electra Webb Tortorella P'17

Title :Director of Leadership and Planned Giving

Phone: 860-435-5775


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Beneficiary designations

Gifting assets not covered by your will — like 401(k) or IRA accounts — may help your heirs avoid unwanted taxes, even if you’re below the estate tax threshold.

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Popular tax-smart gifts

Many people are increasingly choosing to give non-cash assets, so they can have a bigger impact at less cost to them.

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Gifts that pay you back

Give assets while providing yourself or others with income for a period of time or distributions at a later date.

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