The Power of a Lasting Gift: Why Charitable Giving Through Your Will is Essential
Including your favorite charities in your will is a wonderful way to leave a lasting impact and help make the world a better place for future generations. By designating a portion of your estate to charity, you can continue to support causes that matter to you long after you're gone.
When including a charity in your will, it's important to think about the specific organization you'd like to support. You may want to consider charities that align with your values and beliefs, or organizations that have had a significant impact on your life or the life of someone you care about.
Once you've identified the charity or charities you'd like to support, it's important to consult with an estate planning expert to ensure that your gift is structured properly. One of our experienced estate planning experts can advise you on the best way to include the charity in your will and ensure that your gift will have the maximum impact.
When writing your will, you have a few options for how to structure your gift to charity. You can specify a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a specific asset, such as a piece of property or a stock portfolio. You can also choose to have your gift made at the time of your death, or you can set up a charitable trust that provides income to the charity during your lifetime and then passes the remainder to the charity at your death.
Choosing to include charities in your will can also have tax benefits. In many cases, gifts made to charity in a will are tax deductible, which can help reduce the overall tax burden on your estate. It's important to consult with a tax professional to understand the specific tax benefits that apply to your situation.
Whether you choose to support a local organization or a larger, national charity, you can make a difference in the lives of others and continue to support important causes long after you're gone.
In conclusion, including your favorite charities in your will is a wonderful way to support causes that matter to you and make a lasting impact. By working with an estate planning expert and consulting a tax professional, you can ensure that your gift is structured properly and has the maximum impact. So, consider including causes you care about in your will today and help make the world a better place for generations to come!
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Executive Vice President, Director of Trust and Wealth Management
Lory manages the Trust and Investment Management Services division to help coordinate the diverse services provided. She has been involved in banking and finance since 1990. Her management and operations experience gives her the resources necessary to lead a team of professionals offering banking and trust products and services with a high degree of personal attention.
She is a graduate of the Florida Bankers Association’s Graduate School of Banking, Florida Bankers Association’s Trust School, and Leadership Charlotte Class of 2003. In addition, Lory has earned both the Florida Certification and National Certified Guardian designations. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Bankers Association’s Trust and Wealth Management Division, volunteers with Tidewell Hospice and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Charlotte County.