Charitable Giving in Attleboro, Massachusetts

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In Attleboro, Massachusetts, "charitable giving" involves transferring money or property to an individual or organization, expecting nothing directly in return.

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 large majority of charitable gifts are made simply by giving money away, with no intermediary or other complex legal arrangements.

Some people want to give a larger percentage of their assets to a charitable organization than would be feasible during life, so they create some type of arrangement under which the money will be transferred upon the donor's death.

If you want to make a donation that's effective after your death, there are a few ways to do this. The most common 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 Attleboro, Massachusetts

Legal arrangements known as "charitable trusts" are also used to give large amounts of money to charity. It can be used to make the gift immediately, or it can be set to take effect after the donor's death.

In a charitable trust, the money that is donated is still legally owned by the donor. But this is largely a formality, as the charity gets possession and control over the money. The charity is then free to use that money, but only for the purposes laid out in the trust instrument.

If a person decides to set up a charitable trust in Attleboro, Massachusetts, 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 Attleboro, Massachusetts Attorney?

When attempting to establish 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 Attleboro, Massachusetts, who will usually be able to make the process much easier.

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Life in Attleboro

Attleboro, Massachusetts is a city of approximately 43,000 people. It is immediately north of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Like many towns in the New England region, Attleboro, Massachusetts has a long and storied history. It was first incorporated as a town in 1694, and like many towns in the region, was named for a town in Great Britain (in this case, Attleborough in Norfolk County, England) by its British settlers.

Attleboro was once known as the "Jewelry Capital of The World" owing to the large number of jewelry manufacturers in the area. Some firms that manufacture jewelry continue to have a presence there, but much of the actual manufacturing activity has moved elsewhere.

Attleboro boasts several historic churches, and religion is very important in the community. It is also the site of a few notable events in the early history of the United States, and it is rumored that George Washington called it home for a brief period of time.

Attleboro, Massachusetts is also graced with a community theater, and a large park with a zoo, popular among residents and visitors.

There are several respected law schools located in Massachusetts, most notably Harvard. Of course, there are many others which are also well-regarded, particularly locally. For this reason, a good Attleboro, Massachusetts lawyer should not be very difficult to come by.

If you're facing any type of legal problem, an Attleboro, Massachusetts lawyer is the person to call.

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