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I want to modify my estate plan in order to make a gift to charity. What should I do next?

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Donations to charity are a commendable way to incorporate giving into your overall estate plan. While you may not have had the ability or desire to make such a donation when first creating your plan, times may have changed, improving your ability to support the charity of your choice. Fortunately, most estate plans can be modified to accomplish this goal. If you would like to modify an estate plan in Orange County in order to make a charitable donation, consider taking the following actions:

Contact an experienced Orange County trust lawyer for guidance.
Obtain copies of all existing estate planning documents.
Gather the name of the charitable organization to which you wish to donate. Include the address and other contact information if possible.
Consider naming a backup charity if for some reason the charity of your choice is no longer in existence at the time of your passing.
Document whether you would like to change any of your currently existing beneficiaries or the amount of property they stand to receive.
Consider the amount that you want to leave the charity.
Determine whether your spouse wants to make a matching contribution, a contribution to a different charity of her choice, or no charitable donation at all.

Laws surrounding charitable donations, estate plans, and taxes are complex and require the knowledge of an experienced professional. Fortunately, our office is here to help. To learn more about modifying an estate plan or charitable giving, contact an experienced Orange County trust attorney at the Law Office of James F. Roberts & Associates, APC, today. Call our office at (714) 459-5481 for a consultation.

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