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A Lasting Legacy for the Future

Including a gift in your will is a very special way to support Epilepsy Action Australia and will make a lasting difference to those with epilepsy well into the future.

It doesn’t have to be large for it to be valuable, and we promise it will be invested in essential services and vital research that will make a difference to the lives of individuals struggling with the many challenges epilepsy presents.

If you are considering leaving a gift in your will, we thank you for your generous spirit, your kindness and your desire to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of those with epilepsy.

 

Bequesting Options

Depending on your individual circumstances, there are many ways to support us with a gift in your will including:

  • nominating a specified amount of money, or a percentage of your estate’s value
  • a gift of real estate
  • an investment such as stocks, bonds, shares or an artwork
  • a residual gift (the balance of your estate after your family, friends and taxes are taken care of).

 

Making Arrangements

First and foremost, it is important to discuss your intentions with your family members and friends, and make provisions for them as you see fit. In particular, your beneficiaries should be informed on any matters that affect them.

From there, the best way to arrange leaving a bequest to Epilepsy Action is to speak with a solicitor who will ensure your wishes are adhered to by updating your existing will or creating a new one for you. Your will is an important document that must be properly prepared and executed.

For your own sake and for those who care about you, your will should be:

  • accurately worded to reflect your wishes
  • administered in a professional manner
  • witnessed by two adults of sound mind.

 

Bequest Wording

If you are kind enough to leave a gift to Epilepsy Action, the following are some suggestions on the correct legal wording options to include in your will. Please note that Epilepsy Action Australia is the trading name of Epilepsy Association (ABN 61000 533 791).

‘The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or public officer for the time being of the Epilepsy Association is an absolute discharge to my Executor.’

  1. If bequeathing a specific sum or nominated asset:
    ‘I give and bequeath to the Epilepsy Association (ABN 61000 533 791) $(amount) (or item) to be used for its principal purposes and free from all taxes, duties and charges.’
  2. If bequeathing the residue of the Estate:
    ‘I give and bequeath to the Epilepsy Association (ABN 61000 533 791) the residue of my Estate to be used for its principal purposes and free from all taxes, duties and charges.’
  3. If bequeathing a share of the residue of the Estate:
    ‘I give and bequeath to the Epilepsy Association (ABN 61000 533 791) (the desired percentage)% (or share) of the residue of my Estate to be used for its principal purposes and free from all taxes, duties and charges.’
  4. If bequeathing a share of the Estate:
    ‘I give and bequeath to the Epilepsy Association (ABN 61000 533 791) (the desired percentage)% (or share) of my Estate to be used for its principal purposes and free from all taxes, duties and charges.’

 

If you would like more information please contact us on 1300 EPILEPSY (37 45 37) or email [email protected].