Leave Your Legacy

Ways that you can provide forĀ 
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Gifts within an Estate Plan

Gifts by Will
You can bequeath:

  • A specific item such as shares of stock, real estate, etc.
  • A stated sum of money
  • A percentage of the entire estate
  • The "rest, remainder, residue" of your estate after all distributions are made

Life Insurance
You can name the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as the beneficiary of an individual or group life insurance policy. This gift can provide the way to make a significant contribution with a relatively small expenditure. The policy proceeds will not be subject to estate taxes. If you also name the law school as owner, current premium payments, if any, generally qualify for an income tax deduction.

Retirement Plan
You can designate the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as the beneficiary of your retirement plan. This is often considered one of the smartest assets to leave to a charity. Retirement plan assets are subject to both estate and income tax when received by heirs. After both taxes are levied heirs often receive only a fraction of the original value. All these taxes can be avoided when the law school is the beneficiary.

Gifts that Provide an Income for Life

Charitable Remainder Trust
A charitable remainder trust is a formal trust arrangement that can help protect your assets and reduce your taxes. Generally a charitable remainder trust is designed for a gift of $100,000 or more. The trust makes payments to you and/or your designated beneficiaries for your lifetimes or for a set term of years. Then the principal would be distributed to the law school. Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts give you the security of a fixed payout. Charitable Remainder Unitrusts offer the potential for rising payments over time; however, if the trust value falls, unitrust payments decrease.

Charitable Lead Trust
A charitable lead trust allows a donor to transfer assets to a trust to provide for a lead interest to the law school equal to a fixed annual amount or percentage for the duration of the trust, either a specific term of years or lifetime. Then the remainder passes to family beneficiaries with no estate tax and little or no gift tax.

Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and the law school. In exchange for your gift of cash or marketable securities, you or your chosen beneficiary are paid a fixed annual percentage of the initial value of the gift for the remainder of your or your beneficiary's life. This approach can offer optimal current income potential for older donors. Younger donors can establish a gift annuity now and defer payments until a future date when income needs may be greater.

For more information on establishing any of these plans, please consult your tax advisor. If you have a question about leaving your legacy or want to make a planned gift, call or e-mail Ashley M. Presutto, Assistant Director of Advancement, at 216-687-2286 or a.presuttonull@csuohio.nulledu.

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