Your will is an important part of future planning

Q. I’m not wealthy – can I afford to leave a gift in my will?
A. Thousands of everyday Australians include gifts in their will to causes they care about. Every gift, great or small makes a difference.

Q. Do I need to tell you that I’ve left a gift in my will?
A. We would love for you to notify us if you have remembered St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland in your will. This will enable us to welcome you to Fredric’s Fellowship, thank you for your support and give you a choice about how you hear from us. All information is held in strictest confidence.

Q. How will my loved ones feel about it?
A. We encourage you to discuss your decision with your loved ones. This type of conversation can add to your peace of mind and provide clarity for your loved ones.

Q. What will it cost to include a gift in my will?
A. Please contact us if you would like to access our free solicitor service. Alternatively your solicitor can provide you with a quote, and Public Trustees offer a free service.

Q. Can I add St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland to my existing will?
A. Yes – contact your solicitor to add a codicil, which is a legal amendment to your existing will.

Q. I want to make sure my loved ones are looked after, what should I do?
A. Naturally your loved ones come first. Once you have taken care of your loved ones, please consider including a gift to Vinnies. An easy way to do this is leave a percentage of the remainder of your estate or speak with your solicitor about the best way of providing for your loved ones and Vinnies in your will.

Q. How will my money be used?
A. Our 9,000 plus volunteer members enable us to maintain low administration fees. You can trust us to use your gift effectively and cost efficiently. Your gift will help us continue our vital work in the community and assist more people to make meaningful changes in their lives. Our services include home visitation; volunteer-run shops; youth programs; assistance for asylum seekers and refugees; compeer programs for people experiencing mental illness; education and tutoring; accommodation services; and health services.

Q. Can I know how and where my gift is used?
We encourage gifts that are made as a general charitable bequest to Vinnies because this allows us to direct gifts to areas of greatest need, which changes on a continual basis.

Of course we do understand that a particular diocesan council or service may have a special significance for some people, and in these instances we are happy to support your wishes.

In 10, 20 or 30 years’ time our services may be different, or a conference may have closed. For this reason, we recommend if leaving a gift in your will to a specific area that you express it as a wish, not a condition. This will give us the flexibility to transfer your gift to a similar area of work if it is no longer possible to fund the specific area you have requested.

Q. I am executor of a will, what do I need to do?
As an executor you are uniquely placed to ensure that the last wishes of someone close to you are carried out. If you have a solicitor acting on your behalf, please provide this information to them.

When the time comes, please send the following documents relating to the gift:

  • A copy of the last will, along with any codicils
  • Copy of Statement of Assets and Liabilities
  • Details of the next of kin (so we can thank them)
  • On completion of the administration, a copy of the estate accounts

When you’re in a position to distribute the gift from the estate, please make a cheque payable to: St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland. Please post the cheque to Gifts in Wills Manager, St Vincent de Paul Society, PO Box 3351, South Brisbane, Qld, 4101.