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Partnership enables alums to write wills for free

Since April 2020, nearly 100 community members have utilized the FreeWill service. Recent alumnus Tanner Thompson ’18 is one of the Peacock alumni who thoughtfully included UIU in his will. Thompson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in financial management and currently works as a financial adviser for Northwestern Mutual in Fayette, Iowa.

Thompson explained it was surprisingly easy and fast for him to complete his will online. At age 23, he said his current situation is relatively simple and he was pleased to check another “adulting” item off his list. As someone who already regularly attends University events, stays connected with classmates and follows Peacock news, Thompson acknowledged joining the Heritage Society is just one more way he can ensure he stays connected with UIU.

Tanner Thompson ’18

“With my profession, I talk about life insurance with my clients on a daily basis,” Thompson said. “Having a will in place is extremely important to not only benefit their family members, but also have an impact on other things they love. I encourage Peacock alumni and friends, regardless of age, to consider utilizing this free service and find other ways to stay connected with UIU.”

Whether the user names UIU as a beneficiary in their will or not, the FreeWill resource is completely free of charge. Individuals who do include UIU as a beneficiary will join UIU’s prestigious Heritage Society, and more importantly, will leave a lasting legacy at UIU.

To learn more or start writing your will today, visit uiu.edu/HeritageSociety. Questions may be directed to UIU Vice President for External Affairs Andrew Wenthe at wenthea@uiu.edu or 563.425.5348.

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