Making a Will and keeping it up to date is very important. It will ensure your wishes are reflected and avoid any unnecessary burden on your loved ones. Below is a list of suggestions to help you prepare:
Make a list of all your personal details, for example:
- Date of birth
- Birth place
- Spouse name
- Marriage date
- Children’s names/addresses/tax file numbers
- Social Security Pension Number
- Veterans Affairs Number
- Executor of your Will
- Next of kin
- People to be notified of your death
- Life Insurance Policy
- Financial advisor
- Bank and account details
Assess your estate
- Other items of value
Decide on the Bequest
Choose your executor
Arrange to see a solicitor
Make note of your funeral arrangements, whether you would like to be buried or cremated and any other specific requests.
If you would prefer donations to your favourite charities rather than floral tributes at your own funeral, it is a good idea to state the preference in your Will so your executor can ensure your wishes are carried out.
See our Donate in memory page for more information.
Keep your Will up to date
You can update your Will at any time to reflect changes in your circumstances, such as the sale of your house, birth of a new family member or a change in relationships (e.g. marriage, divorce or the death of a friend or family member).
Keep in a safe place
On behalf of Australia’s wilderness and wildlife, thank you for considering leaving a bequest in your Will.
Below is the suggested wording for your Will. It is not compulsory to use this exact wording, however it will minimise any misunderstandings and ensure your wishes are carried out.
“I bequeath to The Wilderness Society Ltd. (ABN 62 007 508 349, ACN 611 229 086) for the purpose of fostering and restoring wilderness in Australia (a specified sum), or (specified items), or (the residue of my estate) free of all duties and the receipt of the Secretary or other authorised officer for the time being shall be a complete and sufficient discharge for the executor(s).”
If you are considering leaving a bequest to The Wilderness Society in your Will, please contact us to let us know so we can answer any questions you may have.
For further information on leaving a bequest in your Will to The Wilderness Society, please contact our Forever Wild Coordinator on (03) 9038 0876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anybody can leave a bequest, no matter the size, that will make a difference to ensuring the preservation of Australia’s stunning natural environment.
There are many different types of bequests you can leave to ensure your family and loved ones are looked after and your wishes are met.
If you have family and friends to look after, this is often the best option as it prioritises them first and the Wilderness Society after everything else is settled.
Leaving a certain predetermined percentage of your estate to the Wilderness Society ensures the value of the gift reflects the value of the growth of your estate.
You may designate a specific sum money be given to the Wilderness Society in your Will.
You may designate a specific item such as personal property (e.g. real estate, artwork, jewellery) be given to the Wilderness Society, provided we are given permission to sell the item to raise cash funds for campaigning to protect wilderness.
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