A bequest is one of the easiest ways to make a gift to charity. It is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time. You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended. Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes.
Types of Bequests
There are a number of ways you can make a bequest for Christ the King Catholic Church:
General Bequest —
Probably the most popular type of bequest. You simply leave a specified dollar amount to charity. For example: A bequest of $10,000 is a general bequest.
Specific Bequest —
A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car or other property.
Percentage Bequest —
Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity.
Residual Bequest —
A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests. A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity.
Contingent Bequest —
A contingent bequest is made to charity only if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met. For example, you could leave specific property, such as a home, to a relative, but the bequest language could provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to charity.
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