Congregants leaving property and/or money to the church

by David
(Tustin, CA)

I have had a few congregants tell me that they want or are leaving some kind of property to the church when they pass away. They put this in their will/trust. My questions are, is this 'ok' or legal for them to do and then if so, how do we handle it on the church's end...i.e. tax receipts, etc...?

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May 15, 2015
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Willing property to the church
by: Lewis in NC

People can legally will property to whomever or whatever organization they want. When the property or check is transferred send a letter of gratitude. The church may want to have a policy in place for large bequeaths to be permanently recognized in some more formal way, keeping in mind that all property should be given to the glory of God, not man.

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