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Make a Bequest

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

These words by Mahatma Gandhi tell us that as human beings, we have the potential to make positive changes in our own lives and the lives of others.

In our daily lives, many of us find the opportunity to make positive change, whether through volunteering, donating to worthy causes, or simply giving support to someone doing it tough. It’s a great feeling to know you’ve helped make life that little bit easier for someone who needs a hand.

People living with MS and other neurological conditions face challenging situations and setbacks, every day of their lives. At MSWA, we’re dedicated to making positive changes for these people – but we can’t do it without help from our generous donors.

There’s a way you can make difference, long into the future: by leaving a gift in your will to MSWA.

A gift in your will is a legacy of hope

MSWA is Australia’s largest contributor of funding for research into MS. Increasingly, we’re also funding research projects for other neurological conditions. Our support for research into causes, cures and better treatments gives hope to people living with MS and other neurological conditions, and their families.

A gift in your will makes life better for them now

MSWA provides personalised care and support services, residential respite and high support accommodation to people living with MS and other neurological conditions. Our annual member surveys consistently show a very high satisfaction rate amongst Members and Clients who receive our services.

How to leave a gift in your will

We encourage you to seek legal advice and to consider your family and loved ones when writing your will. You can be very proud of your decision to leave a bequest to MSWA and we encourage you to talk about your plans with your family.

Here are three examples of types of bequests:

  • The Residue – after providing for your family and friends, you may decide to leave the residue of your estate (what is left) to MSWA.

    If you wish to leave the residue of your estate to MSWA, your solicitor might find the following wording helpful:

    "I give the residue of my estate, free of all duties and taxes, to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA Inc. (ABN 75 638 080 972) MSWA), to be used for the general purposes of MSWA and I declare that an authorised receipt from MSWA shall  be sufficient discharge of this gift."
  • Percentage – leaving a percentage of your estate ensures that your beneficiaries are not affected by the changes in the size of your estate or by inflation.

    If you wish to leave a percentage of the residue of your estate to MSWA, your solicitor might find the following wording helpful: 

    "I give ______% of the residue of my estate, free of all duties and taxes, to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA Inc. (ABN 75 638 080 972) (MSWA), to be used for the general purposes of MSWA and I declare that an authorised receipt from MSWA shall be sufficient discharge of this gift."
  • A Specific Sum – in its simplest form, a bequest can be a specific sum of money left in your Will to be received by a beneficiary. It is important to note that the disadvantage of leaving a specific sum of money to any beneficiary is that it does not allow for depletion of your estate or for inflation. In this instance, it will be important to review your Will regularly to ensure that there is enough in your estate to allow for the gift to be made.

    If you wish to leave a specific sum of money to MSWA, your solicitor might find the following wording helpful:

    "I give the sum of $________, free of all duties and taxes, to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA Inc. (ABN 75 638 080 72) MSWA), to be used for the general purposes of MSWA and I declare that an authorised receipt from MSWA shall be sufficient discharge of this gift." 

Please note that this does not constitute legal advice, and should not be taken to be legal advice. We recommend that you obtain independent legal advice before writing your will.

Please let us know of your decision to make a bequest

Please let us know if you have decided to leave a bequest to MSWA so that we can make sure that we understand your wishes. For example, you may wish to specify which of our programs you would like your gift to support.

We would also be glad to know if you would be willing to have your gift acknowledged and if so, in what way.

It would please us to keep you up to date with our programs and invite you to see how our team works to help people across WA.

Any discussions that we have with you and your decision to make a bequest will be kept confidential unless you say otherwise.

More information

For more information on leaving a gift to MSWA, please call Marcia van Zeller on 6454 3126, or fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you shortly.

Thank you for your support!

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With your support, MSWA are delivering real things to real people living with neurological conditions in Western Australia.

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