What We Do

Defending our rights in the courts

Defending our rights in the courts

We are the nation’s leading civil liberties advocate in the Supreme Court. With over 200 staff attorneys and an extensive network of cooperating attorneys, we handle thousands of cases each year on behalf of clients whose rights have been violated.

Empowering communities across the U.S.

Empowering communities across the U.S.

We protect your freedom through a nationwide network of staffed offices in every state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Influencing public policy with a powerful voice

Influencing public policy with a powerful voice

Our legislative advocates are a constant presence in federal and state governments, working with policy makers to ensure the necessary laws exist to protect our civil rights.




What You Need To Know

We want each and every member of the ACLU to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having an estate plan in place. Creating one is often expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn't have to be.

Today, we are offering you the ability to easily create or update your estate plan for free through our partners at Giving Docs. Spend a few minutes making your will, sign and notarize it with witnesses, and feel pride that you have a plan in place. Once completed, you can revisit or update your documents through your Giving Docs account for free at any time in the future.

Donations made in a will, often called charitable bequests, provide integral support to our students and faculty. We hope you will consider making a gift to University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in your will, though you have no obligation to do so.


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Frequently Ask Questions

What is a will?

Your last will and testament is a formal document that specifies your wishes when you pass away. If you do not have anything spelled out, the government will determine how your belongings, children and pets are placed among your living family.

Is this will legally binding?

Yes, once you have had it witnessed and notarized. Giving Docs will give you detailed instructions on how to do so in order to ensure that your will carries out your wishes. Giving Docs securely keeps your information in your profile so that you can quickly and easily update your will whenever you need to.

How much will it cost?

Our service typically costs $195, but as a gift from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), this offer costs nothing to you and is yours for life.

Where is my will valid?

In all 50 states! If you live outside of the U.S., you may use the Giving Docs process to outline your wishes in preparation for speaking with an attorney.

Can I add other important organizations?

Yes. Giving Docs makes it easy to leave gifts to all of your favorite organizations. Giving Docs will prompt you to leave a percentage of your estate to your favorite school or educational charity, but you are not required to leave a gift in order to create a will through Giving Docs.

How do I know if this is going to work for me?

The standard will document you create on this website incorporates 95% of the general public’s estate planning needs. If you have an advanced estate with multiple properties and complex assets, or would like to discuss alternative planned giving vehicles, we recommend consulting an attorney and/or financial advisor.

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