Charitable Giving in Pontiac, Michigan

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In Pontiac, 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 allowed: 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 establish some type of arrangement under which the money will be transferred upon the donor's death.

If you decide to make a sizable donation to a charity that will not actually occur until after your death, the easiest (and most normally-used) method is to simply leave the desired amount of money or property to the charitable organization in your will.

Charitable Trusts in Pontiac, Michigan

A charitable trust is an arrangement through which some amount of money or property is given to a charity after the donor's death, or during their life.

Under a charitable trust, the money going to the charity technically still belongs to the donor. However, the charity, acting as a trustee, has authority to use it for charitable purposes (what the money can and can't be used for should be clearly laid out in the trust).

The most common type of Pontiac, 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.

Wanting to help a charitable cause is, of course, a good thing. However, 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 actually used for a charitable cause, and that your donation will be tax-deductible, you should check to see that the organization is actually tax-exempt. You can find this information from the IRS and/or the agency responsible for taxation in

Do I Need a Pontiac, Michigan 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 Pontiac, Michigan, who will usually be able to make the process much easier.

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Life in Pontiac

Pontiac is located in Oakland County, Michigan. It is famous for being home to the General Motors manufacturing plants--especially for the Pontiac vehicle. In fact, the city now has a stadium named after the vehicle; the stadium is called the Pontiac Silverdome.

A fun site includes Woodward Avenue, an area filled with small shops and great restaurants, as well as hot-rod cars that drag race. Other popular sites include The Realm of Darkness haunted house, Erebus haunted house, and the Fallen Heroes Memorial.

Pontiac is also home to many attorneys who practice in various areas of law. These professionals focus on providing their clients with personalized, excellent legal services.

An interesting fact, and a reason for Pontiac being one of Michigan's most recognized cities, is that in 2010 the city underwent "The Rise of the Phoenix" initiative. Basically, businesses who opened offices in downtown Pontiac would be given free rent in exchange for multi-year leases, alongside one year free parking in local city lots. There was an application process and about 52 businesses were selected, which helped boost the Pontiac economy.

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