FAQs about Wills - House with No Steps

FAQs about Wills

Find a list of frequently asked questions about leaving a gift in your Will.

What is House with No Steps’ ABN number, Charitable Fundraising Number and registered address?

House with No Steps is a registered charity and therefore donations and gifts are fully tax deductible.

  • Charitable Fundraising Number - 13051 
  • ABN - 31 001 813 403 
  • Head office address - 49 Blackbutts Road, Belrose NSW 2085. 

Why do I need to make a Will?

Your Will is one of the most important documents which you will sign in your lifetime. All of us need to make a Will to ensure our intentions are carried out after our death. If you die without a Will you lose control of the destiny and distribution of the assets you have worked hard to acquire. Promises you have made may not be carried out, your wishes may be disregarded and you may leave your loved ones with legal and financial difficulties to sort out.

I already have a Will, so why should I change it?

There are many reasons why you may need to look at your Will every few years to ensure it still meets your needs. For example, your marital and family circumstances may have changed in which case it could be vital to change your Will to protect your loved ones.

You may also simply change your mind about whom you want to benefit. Fortunately it isn't difficult or expensive to change your Will. An option is to complete a Codicil. A Codicil is a supplement to a Will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc. A copy of the completed Codicil should be kept with the Will.

Print a copy of a free Codicil form

Should I go to a solicitor to write my Will?

Only with a qualified legal advisor are you entirely sure that your Will is drawn up correctly and all legal rules of construction are followed. 

How much will it cost to write my Will?

Charges typically range from $100 upwards to prepare a simple Will. Please note: if your Will has detailed provisions that cause complex planning, the fee to write your Will could be substantially more.

Alternatively, the Public Trustees will do a free Will, however do check on their fees for the administration of your estate to ensure you are familiar with their charges.

I don't know what the value of my estate will be when I die. How do I ensure my beneficiaries receive what I want?

It is useful to draw up a list of current assets and their value before visiting your legal advisors. You can decide to apportion your estate to your beneficiaries by percentages, which will remain in proportion despite future changes in value.

What are gift in Wills (also known as bequests) and why are they so important to House with No Steps?

A bequest is simply a gift made in a Will which only comes into effect after your lifetime. You are able to change your Will at any time to reflect your changing priorities, the purchase or sale of a property, marriage, the birth of children or grandchildren or loss of a loved one.

House with No Steps needs funding for the ongoing care of the many people we support and this is why a gift in your Will can make a real difference to the lives of people with a disability.

How much should I gift in my Will and do I need to tell House with No Steps that it has been included in my Will?

House with No Steps is always very grateful for any gift in a Will however large or small. A gift in a Will can be a percentage (%), an actual amount or a residual amount, after all expenses. There is no need to tell House with No Steps of the content of your Will however, it is really helpful to us if you do and we would like the opportunity to thank you for your generosity. 

The content of your Will remains confidential at all times. If you tell us of your intentions, we will offer you membership into our exclusive group Partners in Dignity

Can I select what my gift is spent on?

House with No Steps will always strive to use every gift left to us in the way that has the greatest impact. We welcome gifts that are made on an unrestricted basis, because this allows us to direct them to the areas of greatest need, which will change as time goes on.

Of course, we do understand that a particular region or service may have a special significance for you and if this is the case we are very happy to discuss the options available. If possible, we would recommend that such preferences be expressed as a wish, rather than as a condition. This is because we can’t foresee how our services change in the mid to long term and an expression of your wishes will give us the ability to transfer the funds if it is no longer needed in the area or project you requested.

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