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Life Estate Reserved

A Life Estate Gift Annuity allows you to gift your home to South Shore Health Foundation while you continue to occupy and enjoy it for your lifetime and receive a secure income for life.

Benefits of a life estate annuity

  • Retain the full use and enjoyment of your home.
  • Create an income stream for your lifetime and that of a loved one.
  • Receive an immediate income tax deduction that can be applied this year and may be deducted up to an additional five years.

How a life estate works

  1. You deed your home or farm to South Shore Health Foundation. The deed will include a provision that gives you the right to use your home or farm for the rest of your life and that of any other life estate party named in the deed.
  2. You and South Shore Health Foundation sign a maintenance, insurance and taxes (MIT) agreement to explain that you will do your best to keep the property in good condition and that you will maintain property insurance and pay the property taxes.
  3. When the owners of the life estate have passed away, your home or farm will belong to South Shore Health Foundation. We will use or sell the property to further our charitable work.

Contact us

To explore how a South Shore Health life estate can help meet your charitable goals, speak to your Foundation Representative or contact us at 781-624-8600 or [email protected].

Additional Information

Life Estates Work for Spouses Too - The life estate can last for your life or based on your life and that of another person, such as a spouse or loved one.

Mortgage Debt - It is possible for you to make a gift of your property even though there is a mortgage upon the residence.

Maintenance Issues - You will be responsible for the maintenance, insurance and taxes on the property, just as you were prior to creating the life estate.

Life Estates Are Flexible - If, at some point in the future, you are no longer able to live independently in your home, we may be able to help you use your life estate to create a lump sum cash payment (with a joint sale) or create an income stream (using the life estate to fund a charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity).