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Charitable Giving can only be done with an Estate Plan

There are many people in San Diego that want to support the charities and causes they care about. If you want to leave a legacy after you pass away and want to give money, property, or other assets to charitable organizations, you need to have an estate plan which includes charitable giving.

A recent example in San Diego occurred when a woman died without a will or trust. She was very active in the community and handicapped herself, always intended to leave her handicapped accessible home to an appropriate charity that would see that the home was utilized by persons with disabilities. She never got around to consulting an estate planning lawyer to make a will or trust. Having died without an estate plan, her home will have to go through probate with the rest of her assets and her heirs will sell the home and distribute the proceeds. Her dream to leave her home to charity will not be realized.

The lessons of this example are twofold: 1. Don’t postpone making an estate plan, especially if you wish to give something to charity. 2. If you do want to leave assets to a charitable organization, specify your wishes in a will or trust. You can make a specific charitable bequest of cash or property. You can also create a charitable remainder trust, or a charitable lead trust. You can read about the various ways you can accomplish charitable giving on our website. At Law Office of Scott C. Soady, A Professional Corporation, we can assist you with an estate plan that will include the charities and causes that are important to you. Call us or e mail us for a personal, confidential, and complimentary consultation.

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