A Living Trust is
created during the maker's lifetime in which the grantor transfers some or
all of his or her property into the trust. Some living trusts are set up so
that they can be changed during the maker's lifetime. These are called
"revocable." Others, known as "irrevocable," are set up so that they can't
be changed or touched.
Living trusts are an
excellent way to avoid the cost and hassle of probate because the property
you transfer into the trust during your life passes directly to the trust
beneficiaries after you die, without court involvement. The successor
trustee–the person you appoint to handle the trust after your death–simply
transfers ownership to the beneficiaries you named in the trust. Living
trusts are also called "inter vivos trusts."
Where did the idea of
Trusts come from?
The concept of the
charitable gift annuity in America dates back to 1843, when a merchant in
Boston first donated a gift of money to the American Bible Society. Today,
the concept includes valuable tax benefits for donors. But perhaps more
valuable than the financial advantages is the satisfaction donors gain by
helping to continue our mission of bringing the Sacred Feminine back into
modern consciousness. As with the Living Trust, all of these Trusts are
revocable since they remain in your possession and under your control.
What are the
different types of Trusts?
There are many types
of Trusts that can benefit Temple of the Goddess by naming us as
beneficiary. One of the most common, the Living Trust, is discussed
elsewhere. Several more are mentioned below.
Create a hedge
against inflation over the long term with a Charitable Remainder Unitrust.
You create a trust that pays a percentage of the trust’s assets, valued
annually. This becomes an immediate income tax deduction, an annual income
for life that has potential to increase, and a continued income for Temple
of the Goddess.
Charitable Lead Trust
This creates a trust
which pays a fixed or variable income to Temple of the Goddess for a set
term, after which it then passes to heirs. This reduces gift and estate
taxes on the assets passing to heirs. The taxable estate is reduced, and
keeps the property in the family, often with reduced gift taxes.
If your goal is to
provide an inheritance for your children, but you would also like to make a
significant charitable gift to Temple of the Goddess through your estate, a
Charitable Lead Trust can help you satisfy both objectives. A Charitable
Lead Trust can provide a significant charitable gift through your estate and
provide an inheritance to your children.
Charitable Remainder Trust
What are your plans
for the future? While there is no single way to achieve all of your personal
and financial goals, there is one strategy that can meet many of your needs.
It's called a Charitable Remainder Trust. In the right circumstances, this
plan can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated
investments, rid you of investment worries and ultimately provide very
An annuity is an
investment product that pays on a scheduled basis over a set amount of time.
In particular, a retirement investment that offers tax deferral on growth,
but not on contributions.
Which Gift Matches Your Goals?
There is a gift for
every objective. Read and understand all of the above choices in gifting to
Temple of the Goddess. Discuss it with family, your lawyer, and financial
advisors. More information needed?
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