Charitable Giving in Southington, Connecticut

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

In general, it's very easy to make a charitable donation to a cause you want to help. Whether it involves writing a huge check, or dropping spare change in a donation jar, a huge majority of charitable gifts are made simply by giving money away, with no intermediary or other complex legal arrangements.

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 arrangements allowing 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 common.

Charitable Trusts in Southington, Connecticut

Charitable trusts are arrangements that involve handing possession (but not necessarily ownership) of money or property over to a charity, either 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 generally only allowed to use the money to advance their organization's charitable mission.

If a person decides to set up a charitable trust in Southington, Connecticut, they usually set up a "charitable remainder trust," since this is usually beneficial to both the donor (or their estate) as well as the charity. The operation of this type of trust is fairly simple: at a set time (usually the donor's death) the property that the donor wants to give to the charity is handed over, and the charity invests it. The charity benefits by getting to keep most of the money that these investments generate. The donor benefits because they also get a percentage of this income, for a period of time laid out in the trust agreement. Afterwards, the recipient of the donation gets it 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 .

Do I Need a Southington, Connecticut Attorney?

If you want to create a charitable trust, you should first talk with someone in charge of the charitable organization you wish to help. They will be able to assist you in setting up the trust, or advise you of their preferred method of donation. This will help you confirm that your donation is as effective in helping the charity as it can possibly be. It is also a good idea to speak with a Southington, Connecticut attorney, who can help iron out the more technical details.

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Life in Southington

Located just twenty miles from Hartford, Southington, Connecticut is one charming town. Southington is home to close to 40,000 residents. Southington is located on 36.6 square miles and has been nicknamed the "Apple Valley" for the many apple orchards that are located within the city limits. Not surprisingly, Southington hosts an apple festival every year.

Located in Hartford County, Southington has the honor of being recognized as having the best quality of life in the county. The beautiful Quinnipiac River runes along the town, and there are also many beautiful parks throughout the city.

Southington is also home to the world's most popular television station -- ESPN, and many of the station's sports reporters living within the Southington city limits. Southington is also home to great lawyers. Southington lawyers are versed in a range of legal practices to assist their clients with any legal matter than may come his or her way. Southington attorneys are second to none!

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