Charitable Giving in Boca Raton, Florida

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Charitable giving in Boca Raton, Florida 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. Thankfully, there are a few arrangements allowing you to have your assets transferred to a charity after your death.

There are many ways you can donate some or all of your property or money to a charity after your death, if you wish to do so. Direct testamentary gifts are the most common and the most simple way to accomplish this. A testamentary gift simply entails giving the money or property directly to the charity, through a provision in your will.

Charitable Trusts in Boca Raton, Florida

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 Boca Raton, Florida, 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.

You should make sure the charity is registered with the Internal Revenue Service, and (if applicable) the taxation authority of .

Do I Need a Boca Raton, Florida Attorney?

When attempting to create a charitable trust, or make another charitable donation, the first thing you should do is discuss this with the organization you want to make the donation to. They will probably be able to advise you on how to donate your money in the way that will be most useful to them. And, of course, you should speak with an attorney in Boca Raton, Florida, who will usually be able to make the process much easier.

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Life in Boca Raton

Boca Raton is located in the popular area of Palm Beach County, Florida. Approximately 200,00 people call Boca Raton home. Surrounding popular areas include West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach. What makes Boca Raton so wonderful to live in is the geography. It is seen as one of the best places to live in South Florida, because it is very metropolitan, a favorite of young, single professionals, and filled with high rises and beautiful living with water views.

Top employers in the area include The Continental Group, IBM, National Council on Compensation Insurance, Boca Raton Resort, Florida Atlantic University, and the city itself. Many top tier law firms are located around Boca Raton. Small to mid size law firms also have offices in or near Boca Raton. All in all, alongside the many industries listed as top employers, the legal industry also havea strong presence and significantly serves residents of Boca Raton.

Some famous residents of Boca Raton include Jeff Gordon, Keith Byars, Jon Bon Jovi, Ernst Borgnine, Jeanne Bice, Paul Newman, and Pete Rose.

All in all, Boca Raton is a paradise of a place to live in!

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