Wills & Bequests

Every gift, no matter how large or small, is important to the Society. Including a gift in your Will is a wonderful way to continue to make a difference to the many lives in need without impacting your life today.

Bequest funds are vital to ensuring the Society will be able to continue to support, assist and most importantly provide a hand up to those at greatest risk of experiencing social exclusion, disadvantage or homelessness in our community.

Leaving a bequest is a very personal decision and you should look after your loved ones first. Once this provision has been made it is possible to include a bequest to the St Vincent de Paul Society in a number of different ways.

  • Specific bequests are gifts of particular articles of property, e.g. a house, shares, furniture.
  • Pecuniary bequests are gifts of a specific sum of money.
  • Contingency bequests are made only when the executor of an estate cannot distribute the estate as planned in the Will.
  • Residuary bequests are made up of the remainder of an estate once pecuniary and specific bequests have been distributed.
  • A popular way of including a charity in a Will is to include a proportion of the residue of an estate.

For further information on how to make a Bequest to the St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia please contact us on (08) 8112 8714  or email khermsen@svdpsa.org.au

Why should I have a Legal Will?

A Will prepared by a legal professional means your “estate” is left to those about whom you care.

Is my Will up-to-date?

It is important that your Will is both current and legal.  As your life changes, your Will should change to reflect the new circumstances. It is therefore advisable to review your Will at least every five years.

Do I need a new Will or can I change my existing one?

When your circumstances change, such as including a new family member in your Will, it is usually best to make a new Will. However, to include a bequest to the Society, merely ask your solicitor to add a clause to your existing Will.