Key Features of a Charitable Remainder Trust

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WATCH: 3 Key Features of a Charitable Remainder Trust _ Mario Godoy _ Lombard Estate Planning Lawyer

Individuals who want to leave money to a charity in their will, but also need to reduce the taxes on their assets, may want to consider a charitable remainder trust, or CRT. A charitable remainder trust is a tax-exempt irrevocable trust that generates income for the creator while reducing the taxable income of individuals and supporting charities. After the trust creator’s death, the remaining assets in the trust go to support one or more of their favorite charities. Many people consider a CRT as a win-win-win situation for the creator, their beneficiaries and their favorite charities! In this video, Illinois estate and probate attorney Mario Godoy explains three key features of a Charitable Remainder Trust.

Watch: Estate Planning Attorney Mario Godoy Explains 3 Key Features of a Charitable Remainder Trust


In this video, we are going to discuss the three key features of a charitable remainder trust.

1. A charitable remainder trust is an irrevocable trust. That means that once it is created, the trust cannot be canceled. However, the creator of the trust can also be the trustee of that charitable remainder trust. This puts the creator in charge of how the assets are invested.

2. The charitable remainder generates income for the creator of the trust in 2 different ways:

1. If the income is based on a percentage of the trust, it is called a “unitrust.”

2. If the income is set as an annual fixed amount, the trust is often called an “annuity” trust.

3. Assets placed in a charitable remainder trust are not part of the creator’s estate and are not subject to estate taxes. Instead, the assets would pass directly to the creator’s chosen charity.

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