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Student Sees Value in Early Planning

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Chris Conner's financial decisions today are motivated by a desire to help future generations.

The Electric Daisy Carnival, a 3-day, 3-night music festival that drew more than 100,000 people to Las Vegas Speedway last summer, could be viewed as a Woodstock for millennials: a massive gathering of teens and 20-somethings, live bands, psychedelic imagery. Chris Conner takes a more thoughtful, scholarly view. The 32-year-old graduate student in sociology is exploring the Electric Daisy Carnival and similar events to find out how the electronic dance music movement (EDM) is evolving from a small pop subculture into a major corporate enterprise.

"My research highlights the importance of the EDM movement to the economy," Chris explains. "According to a New Yorker article, dance clubs are quickly replacing gaming as a primary source of casino revenue."

Music and his Ph.D. aren't the only things Chris thinks about. Unlike most people his age, he also is making estate plans. Prompted by the death of his mother when he was 24 and his father's passing just three years ago, he found himself dealing with all of the complex legal and emotional issues involved with wills, inheritance—and values.

"Many people helped me through difficult times," he says. "I want whatever assets I might accumulate to help the next generation." The way he is making this happen is through an estate plan that includes gifts to Indiana University-Purdue, where he earned his bachelor's degree, and to University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

"These gifts not only make me feel good," Chris says, "but they also motivate me to save more so that I can increase my estate gifts so that they really make a difference."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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