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"Great Believer in Education" Makes a Plan for UNLV

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Michael Joe

Michael Joe, a student in the William S. Boyd School of Law, knows quickly and definitely what he likes. "Contracts," he says. "I like my class on contracts and all the various cases we study. I like synthesizing the facts." He calls himself a very logical thinker, and the preponderance of evidence shows that he is just that—in the classroom, as a volunteer and in his personal life.

Joe, educated at two of the nation's top-tier universities, has an advantage on his classmates. Before he had even taken his first law class, he wrote an important legal document: He drafted a will to distribute his estate assets to various nonprofit organizations, including UNLV's Boyd School of Law.

"I am a great believer in education," Joe explains. "All three institutions where I've attended are in my will." His calculated plans mean that he can distribute his assets where he likes and how he believes his gifts will have the greatest effect. "Here at UNLV, I look at my fellow students and I see their youth, intelligence and determination. But more importantly, I see young people of great character. What greater gift can I make than one that promotes and encourages their success?" His estate plan, built to share the ideals he and his wife valued through their lives, will maximize funds for charity and mitigate his total estate taxes.

It's no surprise why Joe chose to invest his estate in nonprofit organizations. A leader in volunteer circles for more than 15 years, he dedicated his efforts to their growth and to help them focus on long-term strategies. But it may be his decades-long executive career in the high-tech industry that helped him understand the importance of investment, particularly endowments that allow charities to balance growth with calculated risk. His gift to UNLV will allow the Boyd School of Law to capitalize on emerging opportunities to benefit generations of students just like him.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the UNLV Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to the UNLV Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway/Box 451006, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1006 , or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to UNLV or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to UNLV as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to UNLV as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and UNLV where you agree to make a gift to UNLV and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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