Leave a Gift in Your Will – a Bequest to Bravehearts
Leave a lasting legacy – a bequest to Bravehearts that will help safeguard children from sexual abuse.
Leaving a bequest to Bravehearts will have a lasting impact on the lives of Australian children. Your gift will help us plan for the future and contribute to the ongoing delivery of vital services such as:
- Counselling for children who have been sexually abused (and their non-offending family members).
- Education for school children about personal safety, body ownership and how to speak up if something or someone doesn’t feel safe.
- Training for adults who work with children on how to identify children at risk and respond to children who disclose abuse.
- Research and reform in the area of child protection.
If you would like to talk to a Bravehearts representative about bequests, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an obligation-free chat on 075552 3000 or complete the contact form below and we will get in touch!
LEAVING A GIFT IN YOUR WILL
Leaving a gift in your will is a simple process but one that will make a real difference to the work of Bravehearts as we strive to reach our vision of a world where people, communities, and systems all work together to protect children from sexual abuse.
Step 1: Speak with your family and loved ones.
Leaving a gift in a will is a personal decision but we recommend letting your loved ones know of your intention to leave a gift to Bravehearts.
Step 2: Decide what type of gift to leave.
There are several ways to leave a bequest:
- Residual Estate: You can choose to leave the remainder of your estate once you have provided for loved ones.
- Percentage Bequest: Choose to leave a share of your estate by specifying a percentage.
- Whole of Estate Bequest: You may choose to leave your entire estate to one beneficiary.
- Specific or Pecuniary Tribute: You can choose to gift a specified amount.
Step 3: Seek professional legal advice from a solicitor.
Your will is one of the most important legal documents you will ever have. A solicitor can help to ensure your paperwork is worded correctly and is in order.
Step 4: Write your Will.
Step 5: If you decide to leave a gift in your Will to Bravehearts, you may want inform us of your decision. We realise this is an important commitment and we will honour this decision with complete respect, privacy and confidence.
You can make a simple addition to your existing Will; this is called a codicil and is an easy way to include Bravehearts without having to rewrite your Will.
A codicil is an instruction or amendment to your existing Will. It is a legal document and must be signed and witnessed by two people. To include Bravehearts as an additional bequest to your current Will, simply add Bravehearts as a beneficiary using the following wording:
Codicil of ______________________________(Full Name)
This codicil is dated ______(day of) ____________(month)
________(year) and is made by me of ________________
I confirm my Will date ________/________/_______ in all
respects except that I add the following clause or clauses:
“I give and bequeath, free of all duties, taxes or deductions to Bravehearts Foundation Limited. for the general purposes of that organisation, the following (whichever is applicable):
- the whole of my estate (or ______% of my estate); OR
- the residue of my estate or (_____% of the residue of
my estate); OR
iii. the sum of $____________
And I direct that the receipt of an Executive Officer of Bravehearts Foundation Limited. shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the bequest.”
SIGNATURE OF WILLMAKER_________________________
Signed by the Will maker of this codicil in our presence and
in the presence of each other.
Witness details printed and signed
Please discuss any changes to your Will with your Solicitor, who will ensure your Will is valid and that your intentions are clear and legally stated.
No matter how big or small your contribution, you will make a difference to the futures of Australian children and survivors of sexual abuse. There are several ways you can leave a Gift in your Will as listed in the HOW TO LEAVE A GIFT IN YOUR WILL section.
Once you have decided on the type of bequest you would like to leave, suggested wording for your Bequest Gift to Bravehearts is listed below.
You are strongly advised to seek your Solicitor’s advice to draw up your bequest correctly.
I give, free of all duties and taxes:
The whole of my estate; or
______% of my estate; or
The residue of my estate (or ____% of residue of my estate); or
The sum of $_______; or
My units/shares in ___________________Trust/Ltd; or
My real property situated at (Insert Street Address) having the
title reference _______________,
to Bravehearts Foundation Limited
ABN 41 496 913 890
PO Box 575, Arundel BC, Qld 4214
and I direct that the receipt of an Executive Officer of Bravehearts shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the bequest.
Leaving even 1-5% of your estate to Bravehearts will ensure your legacy is lasting and meaningful, helping to protect future generations of Australian children from the crime of child sexual abuse.
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