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Deborah Radin with her dog

Deborah Radin and her dog Mitzi

Deborah Radin has always loved taking care of people. In her early career, she planned to be a chef, so she could nurture people through food. Ultimately, her path led to law school when she realized the law was a useful, practical tool to support and navigate people through particularly difficult situations, making their lives easier. Now a partner at Kramer Radin, LLP in Los Altos, she specializes in estate planning.

An animal lover herself, Deborah finds the humor and silliness in her pets a welcome break from the stresses in life. When her dog Mitzi comes to work, she is the "Floor Manager," greeting everyone. "She's therapeutic!" Deborah says. "Often clients come in because of a stressful change in their life, and Mitzi relaxes them. Her snoring in the middle of a meeting always breaks the tension."

During the planning process, Deborah asks her clients to consider what is most important to them, and together they create a thoughtful estate plan reflecting those values: Whom do I care about? What is best for my loved ones?

"It's very satisfying when their wishes and values are expressed in their plans, knowing ALL of their loved ones are cared for and protected…including the needs of their pets and their community," Deborah says. "I consider it an honor to be in this role."

Deborah often recommends HSSV's Pet Guardianship Program if her clients have no one who can take their pets, or if they want a backup plan. "HSSV's values align perfectly with my expectations for my clients," she says. "They ask, 'If I'm not there, who will be?' and I know the answer is HSSV."

Our Pet Guardianship Program is just one of the ways HSSV makes a difference in the lives of animals and their human companions. You can make a lasting difference for the animals in our care with a gift through your estate. Contact the Office of Planned Giving at 408.262.2133, Ext. 198 to uncover all the options available.

Join our Heritage Society with your gift! Benefits include group tours, hands-on animal experiences, discounts on adoptions, and enrollment in our Pet Guardianship Program.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Humane Society Silicon Valley a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the HUMANE SOCIETY SILICON VALLEY [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

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.

cannot be changed or cancelled

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.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to HSSV or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

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 HSSV 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 HSSV as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and HSSV where you agree to make a gift to HSSV and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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