Your Legacy for Animals
By leaving a bequest to Voiceless, after providing for family and loved ones, you are making a powerful commitment that will help us change the future for animals for the better, for generations to come.
The road that leads to a better world for animals is long, and we are determined not to stray from it. The animals need us now more than ever so whether large or small, your gift will be valued greatly, and your kindness and compassion will endure.
If you have decided to support the work of Voiceless with a gift in your Will, thank you so much.
How do I include Voiceless in my Will?
We recommend that wills and trusts be prepared by a professional legal advisor. This ensures that your exact intentions are followed.
If you would like to change your existing Will to include Voiceless, you can do so by adding a codicil. Your legal advisor will be able to assist with this as well.
Is there specific wording I need to use?
Voiceless recommends that you consult a lawyer 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 lawyer 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.”
What type of bequest can I give?
Your bequest to Voiceless may 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 a specific amount of money.
These are only some of the options and we strongly suggest you seek independent legal advice.
Can I make a bequest for my 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 lawyer and/or contact your local RSPCA or animal rehoming group to inquire about whether they have a companion animal bequest program.
Will my gift be taxed?
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.
Should I notify Voiceless of an intended bequest?
Voiceless is happy to provide your lawyer with any further information or documentation required.