Charitable Giving in Lansing, Michigan

Find the right Charitable Giving attorney in Lansing, MI

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

Most charitable donors, while they're alive, give their gifts in the simplest way possible: handing the money or property they wish to donate over to the individual or group they want to help.

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 Lansing, Michigan

Charitable trusts are usually used for very large donations, and can be made during the donor's life, or after their 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.

The most common type of Lansing, Michigan charitable trust is known as a "charitable remainder trust." Under this arrangement, some of your money or property is given 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.

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

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

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Life in Lansing

Lansing, Michigan is the capital of the state of Michigan. It currently has a population of approximately 115,000 people, making it the 5th largest city in Michigan. It is located in Ingham and Eaton Counties.

Lansing, Michigan is home to the largest law school in the U.S. - Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Many Lansing, Michigan attorneys went to this university, and returned to Lansing to practice. It is also home to the Michigan State University School of Law, which is ranked among the top 100 law schools in America, meaning that there are many prestigious lawyers practicing in Lansing, Michigan.

These universities are also among the largest employers in Lansing, Michigan, employing people in a wide range of professions, such as teaches and administrators, as well as custodial personnel.

If you live in Lansing, Michigan and need an attorney, there's an excellent chance that you'll be able to find the Lansing, Michigan lawyer who can help you with your legal issue.

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