Charitable Giving in Columbus, Indiana

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In Columbus, Indiana, "charitable giving" involves giving money or property to an individual or organization, expecting nothing directly in return.

In life, charitable giving normally simply involves writing a check or handing cash over to the charitable organization of the donor's choice.

Some generous donors will sometimes give practically everything they own to charity. This is a wonderful thing to do, but it's not really practical - after all, just about everybody 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 help after their death.

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

Charitable Trusts in Columbus, Indiana

A charitable trust is an arrangement by which a large amount of money can be directed to a charity after the death of the donor, or during the donor's life.

The money is still technically owned by the donor, but the charity, serving as a trustee, has the permission to use it for charitable purposes, with the exact scope of this right having been laid out in the trust agreement.

If a person decides to set up a charitable trust in Columbus, Indiana, they normally 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 (normally 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.

Obviously, if you want to help a good cause, you want to make sure that any charity you donate to is valid. Sadly, there are quite a few fraudulent charities out there. The ideal way to do this is to check and make sure that the charity is registered as a tax-exempt organization with the IRS, and the tax authorities in

Do I Need a Columbus, Indiana 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 Columbus, Indiana attorney, who can help iron out the more technical details.

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Life in Columbus

Columbus is located in Indiana's Bartholomew County. Specifically it is 40 miles from Indianapolis and on the east fork on the White River. Columbus is the twentieth largest city in Indiana. It is also ranked eleven on the U.S.'s safest cities to live in.

The largest employer in Columbus is Cummins, Inc. In fact, GQ Magazine included Columbus in its "62 Reasons to Love Your Country" article.

Some popular attractions include the Miller House, Otter Creek Golf Course, First Baptist Church, and the Large Arch sculpture by Henry Moore.

Famous residents include Stevie Brown, Lee H. Hamilton, Jeff Osterhage, Jill Tasker, Herbert Wright, and Bob Paris.

Columbus is also home to many attorneys and law firms that practice in any and every field of law.

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