Bequests and Planned Giving

Planned gifts give back and allow you to take sizeable income, capital gains, and estate deductions on your taxes. They can even provide income for you and your family for life.

“I wanted to find some way to show my commitment. . . . And one simple way to do that is to leave a bequest to the Law School.”
– Fernando Gentil Monteiro ’12 LL.M.

 

The new CARES act may affect your gift planning
Legislation known as the CARES Act, designed to rescue the economy from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on March 27, 2020. Here is a summary of provisions applicable to charitable giving included in the Act, officially named the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

The Kent Affiliates of the 1754 Society
If you choose to include Columbia Law School in your estate plan, please contact the Development team at 212-854-2680. We would like to recognize your generosity by welcoming you to the Kent Affiliates, the Columbia Law School branch of the 1754 Society.

Ways to Make a Planned Gift

Bequests allow you to secure an estate tax deduction for the value of your gift. 
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Life income gifts—such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts—can provide you with an income stream, significant tax savings, and the satisfaction of providing Columbia with vital long-term resources.
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Lead trusts allow you to receive a charitable deduction now for gifts made in the future. They can also take the form of a reduction in gift or estate taxes on property you wish to pass to heirs.
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Your retirement plan benefits are likely a significant portion of your net worth. Due to special tax considerations, they could make an excellent choice for funding a charitable gift.
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The simplest way to support Columbia Law School is through cash gifts. Giving assets such as stocks, bonds, and property often offers additional tax savings.
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