Does the National Trust for Historic Preservation have sample easement documents?Updated 2/21/2008
Yes, our model easement deed is available on request by emailing us at email@example.com. Our model easement represents a relatively detailed easement, and one that includes a number of provisions necessary to meet applicable IRS requirements to qualify for a donation deduction. However, it is very important to understand that every easement must be individually crafted to meet individual state law requirements, to address the character-defining features of a specific historic property, and to address the respective interests of the donor and the easement-holding organization. As noted earlier, the advice and assistance of a qualified attorney should be sought.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's model easement is only one example of a preservation easement deed – there are many other models. Most preservation organizations that hold easements have sample easement documents, and most are happy to share sample easement documents with prospective donors.