Bequests and Wills

What is a bequest?

One way of supporting the works of the Archdiocese is by making a bequest – a gift left in a will. For many, such a gift will be their legacy to the faith community they belonged to, a gift that will be remembered forever.

The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has served the people of this region since 1862 through various ministries. With the need for financial support still strong today, a donation or bequest will assist the work of the Archdiocese.

Preparing a Will

By preparing a will, you are making sure that the things you own are distributed according to your wishes at the time you pass away. If you don’t have a will when you die, your assets are distributed according to a set formula, which may not reflect your intentions.

A will also provides you with the opportunity to donate directly to the Church or any other charity that you may wish to support.

It is advisable to seek professional advice and assistance when making a will. A solicitor can discuss your concerns and requirements confidentially and can prepare a Will for you that ensure your wishes regarding your estate are honoured.

Wording of Wills

If you would like to assist the Church to continue its charitable works by making a bequest, we recommend the following clause:

“I give, devise and bequeath [the sum of…] OR [my property known as…] OR […% of my estate] free of all duties and taxes to the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (ABN 12 689322721) to be applied as the Archbishop sees fit at the time and I declare that a receipt for the same signed by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese shall be sufficient discharge from my  Executor.”