Retained Life Estates

Living in a Charitable Deduction

Retained Life Estate Gift Diagram

How it works

How it Works 1

You transfer your residence, farm, or vacation home to the American Heart Association subject to a life estate.

How it Works 2

You continue to live in the property for life or a specified term of years, while continuing to be responsible for all taxes and upkeep.

How it Works 3

The property passes to when your life estate ends.


  • You receive gift credit and 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 take an additional income tax deduction.
  • You can have the satisfaction of making a significant gift now that benefits later.


For more information

Email us, complete the personal illustration form, or contact the charitable estate planning representative in your area so that we can assist you through every step of the process.