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Planned Giving Newsletter

February 2018

Do you have questions about estate planning? Planned giving? Your will? Each month, we feature new articles and interactive features. We also share news about the charitable endowments under the umbrella of Hindu Heritage Endowment.

Rani Jothiswarar Memorial Fund

The Rani Jothiswarar Memorial Fund, fund #72, was created in the memory of Rani Jothisvarar, wife of Selvanathan Jothisvarar. The purpose of this fund is to support the retreat center of the monastics of Kauai Aadheenam on Kauai, Hawaii.

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Estate Planning for Kids

Becoming a parent means doing everything you can to love and protect another human being. It’s evident in all the research you did when you purchased your child’s first car seat, or the precautions you took the first time he or she went swimming or rode a bicycle.

The same level of care should be taken when making your estate plan. Putting your intentions on paper will help secure a safer future for your children when you aren’t there to protect them yourself. This plan should include provisions for:

Minor children. Use your will to name a guardian for any minor children. If you are married, your spouse will likely raise your children if you pass away first, but also take into consideration what could happen when he or she passes away. You may also wish to place the assets you want your children to inherit in a trust until they are older. This prevents court battles if a judge has to name someone as their conservator.

Assets and property. Spelling out the distribution of assets to your children will ensure they receive what was intended for them. Remember, assets aren’t only items with financial value. Sentimental items—like heirlooms and family photos—can be noted and passed to your children, as well.

An executor. If your children are of legal age, you can appoint them as executors, or choose a trusted friend or family member.

Beneficiary designations. Life insurance, annuities, retirement benefits and IRAs are usually payable to a named beneficiary and do not pass under your will. Review and update these documents—adding your children’s names or a trust for their benefit—to make certain assets are left to your intended heirs.

Child Free?

Estate planning is for everyone, regardless of your marital status, income or age. If you don’t have children to plan for in your estate, consider the following questions: 

  1. How would you like your assets distributed?
  2. Who will make health and financial decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able?
  3. Who will care for you in the event of illness or disability?
  4. Are there charitable organizations you wish to support?

Make Your Plan Work for Hindu Heritage Endowment, Too

When creating or updating your estate plan, consider including a gift to HHE. We would be glad to work with you on solutions that meet your giving needs. Please contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 x 6 or for more information on how you can get started.

© The Stelter Company: The information in this publication is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult an attorney. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.

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Family Life at Udayan Care

This eight minute film introduces the Udayan Care ghars, homes for displaced children in India


Estate Planning Toolkit

Download our toolkit to help with your estate and gift planning preparation. The Toolkit can help you save money in attorney's fees. New: Toolkit for Canadians now available.


Essentials of Financial & Estate Planning

In this animated short video we explain some basic essentials of financial & estate planning


What is an Endowment?

This 101 second animated video explains the three types of endowments