Charitable Giving in Orange, California

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

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

Some generous donors will sometimes give virtually everything they own to charity. This is a wonderful thing to do, but it's not really practical - after all, just about everyone has bills to pay. One solution to this is to put off such a generous donation until after death. This allows the donor to meet their obligations during life, while having the satisfaction of knowing that a cause they care about will be given a large amount of assistance after their death.

There are many arrangements authorizing you to donate some or all of your assets to a charitable cause after your death, but direct testamentary gifts (simply leaving money in your will to the charity of your choice) are the most prevalent.

Charitable Trusts in Orange, California

Charitable trusts are typically used for very large donations, and can be made during the donor's life, or after their death.

In a charitable trust, the property is still technically owned by the donor, but the recipient retains possession and control over it. As the trustee, the charity is free to use the money for any purpose laid out in the trust agreement. With a charitable trust, trustees are usually only permitted to use the money to advance their organization's charitable mission.

In Orange, California, a "charitable remainder trust" is the most common kind of charitable trust. This permits the money or property to immediately pass to the charity of the donor's choice, so they can benefit from it as soon as possible. The charity takes the money, and invests it (usually in reliable, but not necessarily high-yield, investments). They keep most of the income that this generates, but return a portion of it to the donor on a regular basis, for a set period of time. When this time runs out, the original donation, along with all the income it will generate, becomes the legal property of the charity, to dispose of as it pleases.

If you wish to set up a charitable trust in you should check with the IRS and equivalent state agencies to ensure that the charity you want to help is registered with them. This will help make sure that your money is used for a good cause (and not to line somebody's pockets) and that your contribution will be tax-deductible.

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Making a substantial charitable donation is a generous and admirable act. However, good intentions don't always lead to good results. To ensure that your donation has the most positive impact possible, you should discuss the matter in detail with representatives of the organization(s) you want to donate to. It might be advantageous to have a Orange, California lawyer handle these negotiations on your behalf, since they will likely understand the legal and financial complexities involved.

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Life in Orange

The city of Orange, California has a population of about 137,000 and is located about 3 miles from Santa Ana, the seat of Orange County.  It has recently become a popular choice of residence for commuters who are employed in Los Angeles.  Orange, California is well-known for its cozy, "old-town" feel that it maintains.

Part of Orange's charm is due to the large number of old and historic homes that have been preserved by the city.  Many homes in Orange's "Old Town District" were built before 1920.  Orange Historic District also contains original structures built around the time of the city's incorporation in the late 1800's.  Orange, California has the second largest concentration of historic buildings in the nation.

In addition to its old-town feel, Orange has welcomed a number of modern institutions and retail centers.  Of notable interest is "The Block at Orange", which is an outdoor entertainment and shopping locale.  It features several upscale restaurants and is a popular shopping destination. 

Lawyers in Orange, California provide assistance in a wide range of general legal fields.  Many Orange, California lawyers have unique skills in specialized areas of law.  Most attorneys in Orange file their claims at the Superior Court of California, County of Orange.   

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