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Much is being made by political campaigns and the media of the expiration of the “Bush tax cuts,” provisions passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2001 and 2003 that extended tax relief to many Americans
Estate Planning & Charitable Giving
Estate planning is an area that many people have on their “to do” list. You may be one of them, thinking that you need to get a will in place so that your affairs are in order. Depending on your situation, this may include appointing a guardian for your children, setting up testamentary trusts for your children or grandchildren, making sure a niece receives a certain family heirloom, or giving a sum of money to a charitable organization. Estate planning is the process where you take care of each of these desires, but for the purposes of this article it is the desire to make a gift to a charitable organization that is highlighted.
Charitable Contributions
Charitable contributions yield many benefits: a financial benefit for the charity, the joy of giving for the donor, and (potentially) a tax deduction for the donor. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Publication 526 describes a charitable contribution as “a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value.” The qualified organizations of which the IRS refers in this definition include churches and most nonprofit groups.

Wagler, Philip A.

Associate Attorney

Phone: 260-423-8901
Fax: 260-423-8920
Email: paw@barrettlaw.com



  • Business transactions; business succession planning; federal and state taxation
  • Estate Planning: practice encompasses wills and trusts, the avoidance or reduction of estate, inheritance and generation-skipping taxes, various techniques for making gifts to individuals and charities, life insurance, disability, and distributions from retirement accounts. Also consults business owners regarding choice of entity issues, valuation issues, buy-sell agreements, and business succession issues.
  • Guardianship Proceedings, Probate Matters and Estate Administration
  • Admitted to practice before the state courts of Indiana and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • Admitted to practice before the state courts of Florida


  • Member, Allen County Bar Association
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
    • Probate Trust and Real Property Section
    • Taxation Section (Member, Council)
  • Member, Fort Wayne Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana
  • Annual involvement in Leave a Legacy, Write a Will Program 


  • Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
    • Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal
  • Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington (M.B.A.-Finance, 2010)
  • Paris Institute on International and Comparative Law, University of San Diego (Diploma, 2008)
  • Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN (B.A., History, summa cum laude, 2003)


  • Ancillary Administration and After-Discovered Property, author, ICLEF  (March 21, 2013)
  • Allen County Bar Association, "101 Series:Trust", June 16, 2014
  • Exit Planning from Inception, co-author, ICLEF (November 20, 2014)
  • Family Farm Succession Planning, Whitley County Economic Development (December 9, 2014)

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