Providing for Our Children's Future
Joe and Kathy worked for many years building up their nest egg for
retirement. While they felt their savings and investments would cover their
own needs, they wanted to make sure that their three children were provided
for in the future. One afternoon, a gift planner met with them to thank
them for their faithful gifts each year. The conversation turned to the
couple's long-term planning goals.
Kathy: We wanted to continue making annual gifts to Free Will Baptist ministries. Yet at the same time, I was concerned about sacrificing our children's inheritance.
Joe: Our stock portfolio had appreciated significantly over the years. I wanted to pass these gains on to my family without paying a lot in gift or estate tax.
The gift planner told them about a way in which they could achieve their personal and charitable goals through a charitable lead trust. The trust would pay income to Free Will Baptist ministries for a number of years. Then the full trust value, plus any growth, would go to their children. The plan would allow them to pass on substantial wealth to their family at little or no gift tax at all. It would also reduce the size of their estate in addition to helping the charity further its work.
Kathy: I could see how this plan would be very helpful if the trust was funded with our stock. Each of our children would receive one-third of the trust assets in the future. At the same time, we would continue to make gifts to Free Will Baptist ministries each year.
Joe: I also thought the plan was a good one. It would give our children time to learn how to save and invest their future inheritance. So we set-up a charitable lead trust plan that would begin paying Free Will Baptist ministries income each year. The prospect of helping our children succeed in the future while providing for Free Will Baptist ministries made us pleased with our decision.