Estate planning can help with charitable giving

Being generous is often seen as a virtue. Many people in Minnesota and across the country enjoy giving to those in need and finding ways to help the less fortunate whenever and however they can. It is common for individuals to want to leave certain assets to charity after their passing, and estate planning can help do that.

Using a will or a trust is a viable way to leave assets to charity. However, specificity is important when naming an organization because some organizations have similar names, and it is best to avoid confusion wherever possible. Individuals may also want to consider whether they want to leave instructions on how the assets will be used by the charity. Of course, it is not necessary to state a specific purpose, and the use can be left up to the organization’s decision.

It may also be important to think about the tax implications of giving to charity. Certain actions, like using a charitable remainder trust, could allow for tax exemptions that may prove beneficial. Additionally, giving appreciated stock, utilizing a charitable rollover and naming a charity as a beneficiary to a retirement account can all have different tax ramifications worth considering.

Charitable giving can have many outcomes, including making the giver feel good and promoting the well-being of those in need. If Minnesota residents would like to incorporate this type of giving into their estate plans, they may want to gain more information on their available options. Estate planning attorneys can delve into this topic with interested parties to help find the right planning routes.

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