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Dallas-Fort Worth Charitable Trusts Attorney 

Navigating Charitable Trusts in Texas

At Crain & Wooley, we understand the importance of giving back to the community and leaving a lasting impact. Our estate and probate attorneys specialize in creating and managing charitable trusts that align with your philanthropic goals.

What is a Charitable Trust?

A charitable trust is a legal arrangement that allows individuals or organizations to donate assets to a charitable cause while receiving certain tax benefits. By establishing a charitable trust, you can support causes close to your heart and ensure your assets are used for the greater good.

Types of Charitable Trusts

Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the different types of charitable trusts and determine which one best suits your needs:

  • Charitable Remainder Trusts: This type of trust allows you to provide income to yourself or your designated beneficiaries for a certain period, after which the remaining assets are donated to the chosen charitable organization.
  • Charitable Lead Trusts: With a charitable lead trust, you can donate a portion of your assets to a charitable organization for a specific period and then transfer the remaining assets to your designated beneficiaries.
  • Pooled Income Funds: Pooled-income funds allow multiple donors to pool their assets, receive income from the fund, and have the remaining assets distributed to the chosen charities upon death.

Benefits of Establishing a Charitable Trust

Creating a charitable trust can offer several benefits:

  • Tax Deductions: Depending on the type of charitable trust, you may be eligible for income or estate tax deductions.
  • Philanthropic Legacy: Establishing a charitable trust can leave a lasting impact on causes that matter to you and create a philanthropic legacy.
  • Asset Protection: Charitable trusts can help protect your assets from creditors and potential lawsuits.

Understanding the Role of Trustees

The role of a trustee is paramount in the realm of charitable trusts. Trustees are responsible for managing the assets held within the trust and ensuring they are used by the trust's terms and the law. At Crain & Wooley, our attorneys can serve as trustees or work with designated trustees to fulfill their duties effectively.

Key responsibilities of trustees include:

  • Asset Management: Trustees are tasked with investing and managing the assets held within the trust to generate income and preserve capital for the intended charitable purposes.
  • Ensuring Legal Compliance: Trustees are responsible for guaranteeing that the trust adheres to all legal mandates, including tax statutes and charitable legislation. This includes tasks such as filing essential tax documentation and furnishing beneficiaries with annual reports.
  • Managing Distributions: According to the trust's stipulations, trustees may be tasked with distributing assets to charitable beneficiaries or overseeing the allocation of income to designated recipients.
  • Fulfilling Fiduciary Obligations: Trustees owe a fiduciary duty to the trust's beneficiaries, meaning they must act in their best interests and avoid conflicts of interest.

By entrusting Crain & Wooley with your charitable trust, you can have confidence that experienced professionals will oversee the management and administration of your trust assets, ensuring that your philanthropic goals are carried out effectively.

Why Choose Crain & Wooley?

Our estate and probate attorneys have extensive experience creating and managing charitable trusts. We understand the complexities of estate planning and can guide you through the process to ensure your charitable goals are met. With our personalized approach and attention to detail, we will work closely with you to develop a charitable trust that reflects your values and priorities.

Contact us by calling (972) 945-1610 today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you with charitable trusts.

Satisfied Clients Tell Their Stories

  • "Thank you and God Bless you"

    Thank you for being my Living Trust and other Estate documents attorney. Due to our move and storage of business and personal documents, we had trouble locating & we took a lot longer to respond to your drafts, etc. You were very patient with me and my needing lots of explaining of legal terms and meanings. At my age, I was concerned about getting things done but wanting it all done right. You were very prompt in responding to my questions and I think by time of signing I felt confident we had things just the way we wanted to protect my heirs. Thank you and God Bless you.

    - Donna V.
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    - Sarah P.
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    Learning about trusts at the meal was easy and educational. The set down at the office was where the finer points of trusts was explained. That is where and when we decided to make it safe and easy for our heirs. Our final meeting where we signed everything and an explanation of each item was given went smooth and easy. All in all I would say the investment in the trust was worth it.
    Thank you to Crain & Wooley office and staff
    - Anonymous
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    My husband and I recently had our living trust completed through the help of Crain and Wooley. Justin and his staffs are professional and knowledgeable. A special thanks to client education specialist Stephen. He is such a nice gentleman and always answers our questions clearly and right to the point, and always ready to help by answering your concerns promptly. We will certainly refer the law firm to our families and friends!

    - Susan X.
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    We went to seminar to just find out what we needed to do for a will, They gave us all the info we needed right then there. Offered a really good price if we signed up to get one that day. A few weeks later after our appointment we have a Living trust. They were helpful with all our questions and were very thorough with these explaining the whole process. They stuck with the price that we paid + let us call anytime if we had any questions. Excellent, Highly recommend this company.

    - Linda B.
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    After worrying about our lack of estate planning for years, it feels so good to finally have a plan in place. Thank you for making the process relativity painless and offering the educational support we needed.

    - Leslie W.
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    - James A.
  • "Overall experience was seamless"

    We recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by Crain & Wooley regarding wills and estate planning. Based on the information provided we decided to proceed with our estate planning with Justin and his team.  The overall experience was seamless and the process was clearly communicated. We had our homework and once that was completed, several iterations later we had our final walk-through and signed estate plan. We would recommend Justin to our family and friends.

    - Earl B.

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