Charitable Giving in Lafayette, California

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Charitable giving in Lafayette, California is the giving of money or some other asset to a charitable cause.

The vast majority of charitable gifts are made using the most simple method feasible: giving the gift to the intended beneficiary.

What if, however, you want to give all or most of your assets to a charity, to really make a big difference? This is often not practical while the donor is alive, since they presumably have expenses, and want to maintain for themselves the lifestyle to which they're accustomed. Luckily, there are a few arrangements allowing you to have your assets transferred to a charity after your death.

There are many ways to give a charitable gift that does not take effect until after the donor dies. The simplest and least complex way to do this is a simple testamentary gift in a will - wherein a certain amount of the donor's money is transferred to the charity upon the donor's death.

Charitable Trusts in Lafayette, California

Legal arrangements known as "charitable trusts" are also utilized to give large amounts of money to charity. It can be used to make the gift quickly, or it can be set to take effect after the donor's death.

In a charitable trust, the money that is donated is still legally owned by the donor. But this is largely a formality, as the charity receives possession and control over the money. The charity is then free to use that money, but exclusively for the purposes laid out in the trust instrument.

The most common type of charitable trust in Lafayette, California is a charitable remainder trust. Under this arrangement, you give a certain amount of money or property to a charity. The charity then invests this money, giving you or a named beneficiary a portion of the income generated from these investments for a set amount of time. Once this expires, the money that was initially invested goes to the charity, free and clear.

Many charitable donations are deductible from your state and federal taxable income. But, in order for your donations to count, the charity should be registered with the IRS and equivalent institution in .

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If you want to set up a charitable trust, you should first speak with a representative of the charity you want to support. You should also talk with an experienced attorney in Lafayette, California, who will be able to help you navigate the legal details, making it easier to give effect to your intentions.

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Life in Lafayette

Lafayette, California is a city in Contra Costa County, and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It currently has a population of about 25,000 people.

Lafayette, California is known for its pastoral hills, and upscale lifestyle. It is also known for a controversial long-term protest. In 2006, residents began placing thousands of crosses on the side of a hill, to memorialize the U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, and to voice opposition to the war there.

Many successful upper-middle class professionals live in Lafayette, California. These include many accomplished attorneys. A large portion of these attorneys work in San Francisco and other larger cities. The presence of a commuter rail station makes this a very convenient arrangement, attracting attorneys who want the best of both worlds (the excitement and opportunity of a big city, and the quiet solitude of a small town) to Lafayette, California.

If you live in Lafayette, and need an attorney, you're in luck. There are many accomplished and competent attorneys in Lafayette, California who can help you with whatever legal problem you may be facing.

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