Checklist for making or updating your will

We recommend that you seek the services of an Australian lawyer when making your Will.
• Calculate the value of your estate by totalling the value of your property, possessions and money and subtracting loans and mortgages.
• Decide who should benefit from your Will.
• Select a practising Australian lawyer to act as your professional advisor. This ensures that your Will is legally correct and will not be void for uncertainty.
• Select the executor(s) and trustee(s) for your Will: solicitors, family members or friends can act as an executor(s) and/or trustee(s) of your estate.
• Ensure all formalities are complied with in executing the Will to avoid uncertainty. This should also be done with the guidance of a practising Australian lawyer.

We suggest the following wording as a guide:

I bequeath to the Victorian National Parks Association Inc. [ABN: 34 217 717 593] the…
residue of my estate OR [insert percentage]% of my estate OR sum of $[insert specified sum]
….for general purposes free of all duties. The receipt of the treasurer, secretary or other authorised officer shall be a complete and sufficient discharge to my trustees.

Get in touch
If you are considering leaving a gift in your Will, or you have already included the VNPA your Will, please get in touch so we can assist you and discuss your wishes.

Contact Emily Clough on 03 9341 6501 or [email protected]

Thank you for your consideration – a gift in your Will gives nature a future voice.