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Volume 6, No. 3WINTER 2003

The will to help others

Baltimore (IOCC) — Like the garden she lovingly tended in her back yard, Aziza Jaghab’s simple life bore much fruit — in the people helped by her hard work and in the lives touched by her sacrificial generosity.

Reared in the West Bank town of Ramallah, she came to the United States alone in 1957. She settled in New Jersey and made a life for herself as a home health aid for the elderly, initially making only $150 a month. But she never forgot about the people in her homeland, giving to various charitable causes over the years.

Ms. Jaghab, 88, of Cranford, N.J., reposed in the Lord in 2002, but her legacy of hard work and generosity lives on. She bequeathed half of her estate to IOCC for its humanitarian work in the Holy Land.

What is your will?

Many people think about making a will at one time or another. Yet, a majority of people leave their estate without having made a will. Every person — no matter what other estate planning tools exist — should have a will appropriate for their individual circumstances.

If you have not prepared your will, your state of residency at death will distribute your estate according to its laws. Your estate will be disbursed without taking into account any special needs of your family or your personal wishes.

Through a will you can:

  • Distribute your property as you choose;
  • Appoint your own executor;
  • Provide for trusts;
  • Provide for your church or favorite ministry.

For more information on including IOCC in your will or to make a gift of appreciated securities, call IOCC toll-free at 877-803-4622 or visit the IOCC website at http://www.iocc.org/plannedgiving.

The information on this page is for illustrative and educational purposes only and should not be considered tax or legal advice. Please consult with your tax or legal advisor before proceeding with your estate plan.

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