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Charitable giving through your estate after your passing

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2022 | Estate Planning

One of the most important considerations you can make for your future is determining what you want to happen to your property after you pass away. Through a thorough estate plan, you can have peace of mind from knowing that you get the final say over what happens to your personal property and more. Estate planning provides you with the opportunity to accomplish specific goals with your assets long after you pass away, such as charitable giving.

It is possible to use your wealth and property to provide for charitable organizations and support specific causes after your death. If this is something you would like to accomplish, you can create specific plans that will allow you to succeed in this goal. An assessment of your goals can help you understand the specific estate planning tools you will need to include as part of your legal and financial strategy.

Steps to smart charitable giving

If your goal is to designate some or all of your Arkansas estate to give to charity after you pass, you will benefit from learning about the specific steps you will need to take to do this. For example, leaving money to a specific organization through your will may not be the best or most effective approach. Some of the steps that can be helpful as you create your estate plan include:

  • Find out if the charitable organization to which you wish to give some or all of your inheritance accepts donations of this type.
  • Decide how much of your estate you want the organization to receive after your passing.
  • Plan for the possibility that the organization may no longer be in existence in the future, and determine a secondary plan.
  • Decide exactly how you want the charitable organization to use the funds and property you leave to it.
  • Be specific regarding whether you want naming rights or acknowledgement of your gift.

As with all important estate planning decisions, you will benefit from having experienced guidance as you make important decisions about the future of your property and assets. With a thoughtfully prepared estate plan in place, you can be certain that your interests are secure and your property will be used exactly as you planned in the future. Charitable giving is a noble goal, but it will require careful planning and specific instructions in order to ensure the fulfillment of your goals.