MAKING PROVISIONS TO HELP ALL ANIMALS ­ LONG AFTER YOU ARE GONE 

The Associated Humane Societies is deeply committed to all aspects of animal care and welfare.  Due to the vast amount of work that we do for animals in NJ and beyond, we rely heavily on the generosity of our supporters to get our work done.  Each year, our job becomes progressively wider in scope and increasingly more difficult. We face challenges on a daily basis and need all of the resources possible to continue this work.   If you follow the work that we do, then we're sure you can relate.  Remembering Associated Humane Societies in your will ensures that your love and support of our animals will continue after you are gone.

A bequest in your Last Will and Testament will ensure that the funds allocated to AHS will be used to support our efforts.  Such a bequest may consist of a designated amount of money, a gift of securities, real estate, etc. 

It is important to keep a copy of your will in your home in a safety deposit box, and provide your attorney with one as well.  When naming AHS in your will, it's important that we hold a copy as well, which will be kept confidential.  It is also very important to keep your will up to date.  A divorce, marriage, birth, death, etc., could cause complications if a will is not updated.  The best way to change a way is to add a codicil, which is a legal document drawn up by an attorney that describes changes you have made.  If you wish to add AHS to your will, you can do so by adding a codicil.  Our Tax Identification Number is 221-487122. 

An example of a codicil adding AHS to your will can be done by either leaving a specific amount, such as:  "I give, devise, and bequeath to the Associated Humane Societies the sum of $____ to be used to further their efforts in the care of animals".  You can also designate a percentage of your estate to be left to Associated Humane Societies.  You can also leave.....

FINAL CONTINGENCY BEQUEST Many Wills are made up, left in a box, and at the time of probate, all of the heirs are gone. That would make the Will invalid at probate if you do not name beneficiaries that survive you. In that case, the courts decide howto divide up your estate. If none are found, the estate is confiscated. If you name the Associated Humane Societies as the final contingent beneficiary, you ensure that the IRS will not confiscate your estate.

LIFE INSURANCE GIFTS A gift of one of your life insurance policies to the Associated Humane Societies can result in an income tax deduction at the time of your gift, and if you continue to pay the premiums on the policy, those may also be deducted as a charitable contribution. Check with your tax representative. The Associated Humane Societies can be named as a primary or contingent beneficiary of a new or existing policy without transferring ownership of the policy. 

RETIREMENT PLAN GIFTS For those who have savings in tax-deferred retirement accounts, i.e., IRAs, 401(k) and 403(b), funds withdrawn from these accounts are usually taxed at both high income & estate tax rates. According to those in charitable gifts, they advise that less than $30 of $100 in a retirement account, reaches the beneficiary. 

REAL ESTATE GIFTS A donation regarding real estate can give you a substantial tax benefit. You may choose to receive a lifetime income or retain life use of the property.But there are substantial tax benefits. 

STOCKS AND BONDS GIFTS The best way to handle the transfer to benefit the Associated Humane Societies is have your broker transfer your stocks and bonds directly to the AHS. You receive a two-fold benefit ­ a charitable deduction for present market value & no tax on the appreciation.

Whichever way you choose to remember Associated Humane Societies and Popcorn Park Animal Refuge in your will, you can take comfort in knowing that your donation will be used toward the betterment of the lives of so many animals from all walks of life that come through our doors.

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