Charitable Giving in Flint, Michigan

Find the right Charitable Giving attorney in Flint, MI

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

In general, it's quite easy to make a charitable donation to a cause you want to help. Whether it includes 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 intricate legal arrangements.

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 commitments 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.

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 donating the money or property directly to the charity, through a provision in your will.

Charitable Trusts in Flint, Michigan

Charitable trusts are arrangements that involve handing possession (but not always 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 usually only permitted to use the money to advance their organization's charitable mission.

The most typical type of Flint, Michigan charitable trust is identified as a "charitable remainder trust." Under this arrangement, some of your money or property is directed to your charity of choice. The charity then invests the money, while giving a percentage of the income generated by these investments to you or a beneficiary of your choice, for a determinate period of time. Once this time is up, ownership of the original fund transfers to the charity.

Wanting to help a charitable cause is, of course, a good thing. Nonetheless, some people seek to take advantage of our good intentions through fraudulent charities. If you want to help ensure that any money you donate to an organization is directly used for a charitable cause, and that your donation will be tax-deductible, you should check to see that the organization is truly tax-exempt. You can find this information from the IRS and/or the agency accountable for taxation in

Do I Need a Flint, Michigan Attorney?

If you wish to set up a charitable trust, you should consult with the organization directly. They frequently know the simplest way to direct any charitable giving to their organization. You should also speak with a reliable trusts and estates attorney in Flint, Michigan, who can help ensure that your intentions are carried out.

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Life in Flint

If anyone has seen the documentary on GM by Michael Moore titled Roger Me, they will recognize Flint, Michigan. Flint is the birthplace of General Motors.

Flint is located 66 miles from Detroit, is the seventh largest city in Michigan, and is home to approximately 102,434 people.

Popular attractions in Flint include the Flint Children's Museum, the Flint Institute of Arts, Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum, Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad, and the Whaley House Museum.

Transportation is the largest industry in Flint. To serve this industry, attorneys in and around Flint are capable of handling legal matters that corporations in Flint, as well as residents, need resolved.

Overall, Flint is a homely town with down-to-earth, hard-working residents. Although Flint is a small area, the legal force around Flint and in Michigan is quite capable of handling the legal matters of Flint residents.

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