Charitable Giving in Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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

What if, on the other hand, a donor wishes to give everything they own (or a substantial chunk of everything they own) to a charity? This is quite generous, of course, but it's rarely possible during life, considering the expenses and obligations we all have. On the other hand, most people don't think they'll be needing their money after they die. Knowing this, many arrangements have been created authorizing a person to have as much of their money as they want transferred to a charity of their choice after their death.

If you want to make a donation that's effective after your death, there are a few ways to do this. The most prevalent method is also the simplest: leaving the charity whatever property you want to give to it in your will - this is known as a "testamentary gift."

Charitable Trusts in Indianapolis, Indiana

A charitable trust is an arrangement by which a large amount of money can be given 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 power 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 Indianapolis, Indiana, they typically 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 (typically 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 Indianapolis, 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 ensure 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 Indianapolis, Indiana attorney, who can help iron out the more technical details.

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Life in Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a wonderful place filled with many family attractions. Families have an ample selection of sights to see while visiting Indianapolis.

For starters, families can enjoy wonderful trips to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum, and the Indianapolis Zoo. For families to relax and have some fun there is the Central Canal filled with gondola rides, pedal boating, and the like. There is also the Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens, Victory Field, Fort Harrison State Park, and White River State Park.

Indianapolis is also filled with many small to mid-size firms that are home to enthusiastic attorneys who put their clients' needs above their own. Thus, Indianapolis residents are blessed with a family-friendly atmosphere and a capable legal force to handle any and every need.

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