By remembering Mercy Ships in your Will, you can help save and transform the lives of future generations. Your bequest can help children and adults to see, walk or smile for the first time. You could even transform the lives of whole communities through one of our many development projects. Imagine funding a health clinic, safe water supply or a livestock or agricultural program for an entire village.
Anything you can give takes us one step closer to a world where no-one is left to suffer simply because they have no access to health care and other basic necessities. This is a future worth investing in.
Making a Will
Writing a Will is essential if you want your estate to pass to the people you wish to benefit. If you die without one, the law decides how your estate is distributed, and the causes or people you really care about may receive nothing. If no relatives are found, your entire estate goes to the government.
What is a Bequest?
Bequests are a simple but incredibly powerful way to provide support for the causes that matter to you. They transform your Will into one of the most potent tools for change there is, with little or no impact on your lifestyle today. Best of all, if you choose to include what is known as a “Residuary Bequest” in your Will, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing your loved ones will be catered for without sacrificing your long term support for Mercy Ships projects.
There are different ways you can remember Mercy Ships in your Will, but the bequest often used is the “Residuary Bequest”. Residuary Bequests are simply a gift of what is left of your estate – or a percentage thereof – after all your other gifts, taxes and debts have been fulfilled.
As they are not specific amounts of money, this sort of bequest keeps its value regardless of inflation over the years. It means the gift you include today is worth as much when the time comes to put it to work to transform the lives of those living with chronic ill-health and poverty.
There are other bequest options you may wish to discuss with your solicitor.
Suggested Bequest Wording
Suggested wording for a simple Residuary Bequest to Mercy Ships is as follows:
I ________ give, devise and bequeath to Mercy Ships Australia Ltd, 4/24 Bulcock St, Caloundra, in the State of Queensland, Australia, free from all duties and taxes, the following ____ percentage OR the remainder of my estate and I declare that the receipt of the Mercy Ships Chief Executive Officer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees who shall not be obligated to see the application thereof.
If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about making a bequest to Mercy Ships, please contact us on 1300 739 899 or 07 5437 2992. We have trained staff that would be more than happy to talk to you about this important decision. Mercy Ships can also provide you with a Wills and Bequests information pack at your request.
We would appreciate you letting us know if you have, or intend to, include Mercy Ships Australia in your Will. This allows us to thank you personally for your generosity now, rather than thanking your family later.
Mercy Ships recommends seeking legal advice when preparing your Will as there are many factors that need to be considered.