Leave a Bequest

Supporting Communities for Future Generations!

With little or no impact on your lifestyle today, a gift in your Will is one of the most powerful ways you can be sure the vital work of Australian Multicultural Community Services continues to provide help at home and other vital support services to seniors and their carers.

For many of our clients, settling in Australia has been a dramatic life changing experience and most of them have faced complex challenges in adjusting to their new life.  For many, this includes the ongoing effects of experiences before migration.

By leaving a gift in your Will, you will be investing in and helping to transform the lives of our multicultural community for years to come.

If you would like more information about leaving a gift in your Will, please contact AMCS CEO, Elizabeth Drozd via phone (03) 9689 9170 or via our Contact Us Form. Please include “Att: Elizabeth Drozd” at the top of the email.

The Importance of Your Will

Making a Will is an important part of planning for the future for your family after you have gone.

A Will is a written statement setting out your wishes regarding the distribution of your property, money and possessions after your death and can also incorporate your requests for your funeral arrangements and who is to benefit from your estate.

The total of what you leave behind after you pass, including gifts to charitable organisations, can all be outlined in your Will.

Making a Will sets your mind at rest that you have taken care of your affairs and that your intentions for your estate are clear. A Will helps remove any burden of decision making from your family and loved ones, especially during a time of mourning and grief.

Getting Started

Making a Will is something some people find confronting and difficult to do. If you haven’t already made a Will, the best time to do it is now. Making a Will is probably one of the least expensive personal financial services of all. By having a proper Will drawn up, you will protect your family and your intentions from possible court cases which can prove lengthy and costly.

If you pass away without leaving a Will, you are said to pass “intestate” and the government of the State in which you lived decides how your money and possessions should be divided. This can often cause much loss and heartache for family and friends, and may mean real hardship and unnecessary expense.

  • Choosing your Gift

    It is important to seek the advice of a legal practitioner when making or updating your Will

    We would always recommend taking care of your family and friends first.  After ensuring your loved ones are cared for, please consider leaving a gift to AMCS as a lasting legacy.

    We appreciate everyone’s support and generosity, no matter the size – or way – in which we receive it.  As a guide, you can arrange your gift in one of four ways:

    • A percentage of the total value of your estate

    • The residue of your estate after taking care of all your other beneficiaries

    • A specified amount of money

    • Proceeds from the sale of certain assets such as life insurance policy, real estate or shares.

  • Suggested Wording

    The following wording is a guide only and is subject to your legal practitioner’s professional advice:

    “I give to Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc. (ABN 69 022 519 263) of Suite 111, 44-56 Hampstead Road, Maidstone, Victoria 3012 for its general purposes:

    • ___ % of my estate or

    • the residue of my estate or

    • the sum of $____ or

    • specified items (eg. Life insurance policy number, possessions, land, etc)

    free of all debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, duties and taxes.  I direct that a receipt from the Treasurer or other public officer for the time being of the said organization shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees.”

  • Adding to an existing Will

    If your existing Will is satisfactory but you would like to include a gift to the AMCS, you can do so by adding a codicil. A codicil is an instruction that is added to your existing Will and in effect becomes part of that Will. The codicil can be short, however it needs to be properly drawn up by a legal practitioner or Trustee Company and be witnessed by two independent witnesses.

    An example of a codicil is:

    CODICIL TO LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

Please let us know

Informing us of your decision to leave a bequest or that you have already done so, allows us to thank you in person and also notify your family after you have passed on about how we have utilised the funds and what effect they have had on the important support we provide at AMCS.

All bequest information is held in the utmost confidence.

To find out more about leaving us a gift in your Will or to ask a question on anything related to legacy giving, please contact AMCS CEO, Elizabeth Drozd via phone (03) 9689 9170 or via our Contact Us Form. Please include “Att: Elizabeth Drozd” at the top of the email.

Contact Australian Multicultural Community Services

Suite 111, 44-56 Hampstead Road
Maidstone VIC 3012
Ph: 03 9689 9170