January 17, 2013
Survey Indicates Nearly 40% of Pastors Are Without a Will
LifeWay Research conducted a recent survey on behalf of the Southern Baptist Foundation and found that 37% of SBC pastors do not have a trust, will, living will, electronic will, legacy story, or durable power of attorney with health care directives.
Scott McConnell, the director of LifeWay Research says that the survey indicates a lack of awareness about estate planning and accompanying laws. The group of the surveyed participants who have yound gamilies seemed to be the least prepared.
There are tools that the pastors can access to reduce the percentage of pastors without a will. The Southern Baptist Foundation and the state foundations are available to assist pastors in making their estate plans.
See Russ Rankin, Survey: Many Pastors Lack Estate Planning, BRnow.org, Jan. 16, 2013.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.
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