Retained Life Estate

RLE Diagram

How it Works

  • You transfer your residence, farm, or vacation home to Defenders of Wildlife subject to a life estate.
  • You continue to live in the property for life or a specified term of years, and continue to be responsible for all taxes and upkeep.
  • The property passes to Defenders of Wildlife when your life estate ends.

Benefits

  • You can give us a significant asset, but retain the security of using it for the rest of your life. 
  • You receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the appraised value of your property.
  • You can terminate your life estate at any time and may receive an additional income tax deduction.

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Bequests left to Defenders are crucial to our ability to protect imperiled species and their habitats for generations to come. Have you included Defenders in your will or other estate plans?