So why don't more wills contain bequests? The article offers several suggestions. But I have an alternative, and one that doesn't require an attorney. Instead of listing a charity in a will, listed one on a beneficiary form for life insurance, retirement accounts, or even a POD at your bank. You can do this on your own, no attorney needed. I would suggest making sure you have the complete legal name of the non-profit and the phrase or its legal successor organization. Including its federal tax ID number wouldn't hurt either.
Imagine -- it could be a different world if people left 10% of their non-probate assets to charitable organizations.