National Estate Planning Awareness Week
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on October 29, 2020 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryAdvocacy

It's National Estate Planning Awareness Week!

In 2008, the House of Representatives passed H.Res 1499 designating the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week for the purpose of educating the public about the importance and benefits of estate planning. 


In 2020, less than one-third of Americans (32%) say they have one or more estate planning documents—a decrease of nearly 25% in just three years. Just 45% of people in the highest income group ($80,000+) said they have an estate planning document—a decrease of over 26%.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a notable increase in estate planning. Estate attorneys and online planning websites have reported a sharp rise in demand for services. During this ongoing crisis, many donors have considered creating a new estate plan or updating an existing one. 


At 2 p.m. ET on November 5, 2020, ProLiteracy will host a webinar titled “Making a Mark: Give a Gift that Matters.” We will discuss the impact of estate planning on adult literacy and how supporters can create and sustain a legacy to support adult learners and the mission and work of ProLiteracy.

The webinar will be hosted by Wallace Barkins Jr., ProLiteracy’s philanthropic planning officer, who will discuss how you can benefit from estate planning and how literacy programs can be impacted by your philanthropy.


Estate planning does not just focus on the value of what you own, but more importantly on choosing the legacy you leave behind—it’s your individual mark.”

—Wallace Barkins, Jr.


For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Wallace Barkins Jr. One-on-one Zoom meetings are also available. Please contact Wallace to schedule a meeting.



Phone: 1-888-926-7323


Register for the Webinar


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