Leaving a gift or bequest to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation charity in your will is a wonderful way to truly make a difference in the lives of children and leave a lasting legacy.
With a safe financial future, the Foundation is better able to plan our programs and service to both care for those who have been traumatised by violence or to prevent negative situations in schools and online.
Your bequest us, no matter the amount, will make a huge difference in the lives of children.
A Will is a legal document that ensures that your wishes are carried out when you pass away, particularly in terms of how you wish to distribute your assets and possessions. Without a Will, your relatives may disagree about what to do with your estate or, if you don't have relatives, the government may decide.
A bequest to charity might be a specific amount of money or assets, a percentage of those assets, or the residual (what is left over after heirs and other obligations are paid) from an estate.
If you don't have a Will already, you can engage a Solicitor to write one for you. Getting professional advice is the best way to make sure the correct wording is used to avoid potential mistakes and misunderstandings regarding your wishes about your bequest to charity.
If you already have a Will you can change it at any time. It is advised that you revise your Will every five years and whenever there is a major change within your extended family. Your wishes or circumstances may change over the years, so make sure your Will reflects these.
Here is a list of the simple things to remember when making a Will.
Make sure a family member knows where to find your Will. Ideally the original should be with your Lawyer and a copy kept with your other important documents at home.
A Will needs to be signed or witnessed properly; each state has rules on this. Usually it requires two independent adults who are not potential beneficiaries.
Take into account the small sentimental items or those with no commercial value such as photos. It is often these items which family members squabble over due to the fact the Will does not include instructions as to what should be left to beneficiaries.
If you would like to talk confidentially to someone about including the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in your Will, call us on 03 9697 0666 or email us to discuss, without any obligation, the ways in which you can leave a donation to us and what your donation will achieve. We will ensure that what you leave to us is used well.
If you have already included the Foundation in your bequest to charity, please let us know so that we can effectively plan for the Foundation's financial future and recognise your contribution in your lifetime. Full confidentiality can be assured if that is your wish.
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