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Frequently asked questions about leaving a legacy

1. Who should have a Will?

Everyone over the age of 18 should have a valid Will. The purpose of a Will is make sure your assets are distributed as you wish. If you pass away without a Will, the law specifies who will receive your assets and it may not be the people and/or causes you would have chosen.

2. When should I change or update my Will?

You should change or update your Will whenever your circumstances change. Some examples are:
  • If there is a change in your relationship such as marriage or divorce;
  • If there has been the death of a spouse, partner or other friend or family member;
  • If there is the birth of a new family member;
  • If you have purchased a property;
  • Before going on an extended overseas trip;
  • If there is a change in your financial situation, such as retirement; and
  • If there is a significant change in health to either yourself or your partner.

3. Should husband and wife have separate Wills?

Yes, to avoid unwanted legal complications after one person passes away, or in the case of a divorce.

4. Do I need to discuss my Bequest decision with my family?

Yes, it is extremely important you discuss your decision to leave a Bequest to the Wilderness Society with your family and loved ones. This will help ensure your wishes are carried out.

5. Should a solicitor assist me with writing my Will?

It is advisable for you to organise your Will through a solicitor as it is one of the most important documents you ever sign; you don't want to risk complications or errors which could later translate into further problems with loved ones after you pass away. A solicitor will also ensure your wishes are carried out.

A list of solicitor friends of the Wilderness Society can be found here.

6. What is the best type of Bequest to leave the Wilderness Society in my Will?

Ultimately, the decision is yours and we are extremely grateful for whatever you consider to be appropriate. However, we generally recommend a residual bequest. This means that after your family and loved ones are looked after and your debts are settled, whatever is left will come to the Wilderness Society to continue championing the protection and restoration of our natural environment.

7. Why should I let the Wilderness Society know if I have left a Bequest in my Will?

By advising us of your Bequest to wilderness we are able to thank you personally and invite you to join our Forever Wild group.

8. Can I leave my property to the Wilderness Society?

Yes, we welcome property bequests, provided the Wilderness Society is given permission to sell the land and use the funds for campaigning to protect wilderness. Please contact us for further information.