Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most personal and significant gifts you can give to animal protection. By making Voiceless a beneficiary in your Will, you can create a lasting legacy to improve the lives of animals and protect them from suffering.
To ensure that your exact intentions are followed we recommend that wills, trusts and codicils be prepared by a professional legal advisor.
Your bequest to Voiceless can take one of the following forms:
- a bequest of your entire estate or a specified percentage of your estate;
- a residual bequest - a gift of the remainder/residue of your estate after distribution to other persons or organisations named in your Will; or
- a bequest of specific amount of money.
Making a will
Voiceless recommends that you consult a solicitor or other qualified legal practitioner when preparing your Will to ensure that it complies with all necessary legal requirements. You may, however, wish to provide the following words to your legal practitioner as a guide:
"I give ______________ [specify the percentage of your estate or residue of your estate or a lump sum that you intend to give] to Voiceless Limited ACN 108 494 631 of 2 Paddington Street Paddington NSW 2021, to be applied for general purposes by Voiceless Limited as determined by its directors. I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer of Voiceless Limited will be a sufficient discharge to my executor or trustee."
Making a bequest for your pet
Unfortunately Voiceless is unable to offer care for companion animals. If you are interested in making a bequest for the specific purpose of the long-term care of your pet, we suggest that you consult a qualified legal practitioner and/or contact your local RSPCA or animal protection organisation and inquire about whether they have a companion animal's bequest program.
Neither Voiceless nor your estate will be taxed as a direct result of your bequest to Voiceless. However Voiceless may be liable to pay capital gains tax on the subsequent disposal of an asset gifted by you, if that asset appreciates in value between the time of receipt and the time of disposal of that asset by Voiceless.
Voiceless is happy to provide a copy of our Constitution's objects and non-profit clauses to your legal practitioner upon request. If you or your legal practitioner has any other questions about making a bequest to Voiceless, please do not hesitate to contact us.