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BHSU Tellinghuisen Talk

Tellinghuisen Talk

"Tellinghuisen Talk" is a series of articles about estate planning written by Roger Tellinghuisen, attorney and president of the Black Hills State University Foundation.

You can choose from the variety of subjects listed to learn how you and Black Hills State University can benefit from estate planning.

For information on making a gift to the BHSU Foundation, contact Steve Meeker at stevemeeker@bhsu.edu or call (605) 642-6385.

This article is not intended for legal advice. For legal advice, consult an attorney.

Everyone is remembered for the weight of his or her character. Your accomplishments, kindness, compassion, personal warmth, generosity, and values will determine your character.


You've probably seen the bumper sticker on an RV that reads: "We're Spending Our Kids’ Inheritance." Some people poke fun at the idea that they should live conservatively so they can leave more money for their children.


The two most common types of gifts received at Black Hills State University are cash contributions or bequests. Charitable remainder trusts (CRT), however, are becoming more and more popular for BHSU alumni and friends and for good reason.

Many of you have probably visited Yellowstone National Park this summer or have visited the park in the past. When you visit Yellowstone, you eventually find yourself standing with crowds to see the eruption of the world’s most famous geyser: Old Faithful. As you stand there watching this natural wonder, you may have found yourself making the following observations.

Before you meet with your attorney about your estate plan, here are four tips on how to help your lawyer and yourself. These tips will not only save you time, but also money.