Australian Unions supporters like you are transforming the lives of working people in Australia by leaving a gift to the Australian union movement in their Will.
Your decision to support our movement with a gift in your Will adds to an Australian union movement legacy of almost 100 years. Our trade union movement has a powerful history of winning fair pay, better rights and forging a more just society for everyone in our country.
Over the last century we’ve achieved so much – the eight hour day, Medicare, superannuation, equal pay laws, weekends, annual leave and paid parental leave.
We will never stop fighting for an even better life for working people, and we will continue protecting those hard-won rights.
Your gift will help future generations of working people continue the fight for equality, for better rights and a more equal and just Australia.
What will your Legacy be? Your Will
Q and A
Why do I need a Will?
A Will is a legal document that ensures that your wishes are carried out when you pass away, particularly in terms of how you wish to distribute your assets and possessions. Without a Will, your relatives may disagree about what to do with your estate or, if you don’t have relatives, the government may decide.
If you don’t have a Will already, it is important that you engage a Solicitor to write one for you. Getting professional advice is the best way to make sure the correct wording is used to avoid potential mistakes and misunderstandings regarding your wishes about your estate.
If you already have a Will you can change it at any time. It is advised that you revise your Will every five years and whenever there is a major change within your extended family. Your wishes or circumstances may change over the years, so it is important to make sure your Will reflects these.
Keep in mind
Here is a list of the simple things to remember when making a Will:
- Make sure a family member knows where to find your Will. Ideally the original should be with your Lawyer and a copy kept with your other important documents at home.
- A Will needs to be signed or witnessed properly; each state has rules on this. Usually it requires two independent adults who are not potential beneficiaries.
- Consider the small sentimental items or those with no commercial value such as photos. It is often these items which family members squabble over due to the fact the Will does not include instructions as to what should be left to beneficiaries.
I don’t want my family and friends to miss out. What should I do?
We understand your loved ones come first. Most of our supporters include a gift to ACTU after they have taken care of their family and friends. Ask your solicitor or Trustee Company about the best way for you to do this.
Should I tell my loved ones about any gifts in my Will?
This is a personal decision for you to make but we do suggest letting your family know of your wishes ahead of time. Discussing your wishes with your loved ones means you can explain your decisions and any questions they have.
Do I have enough money to leave a gift in my Will?
Thousands of ordinary Australians leave a gift in their Will to a cause or issue they care about. Every gift – no matter how large or small – can make an enormous and lasting difference to Australian workers.
How much will leaving a gift in my Will cost me and how long will it take?
The cost of putting together or updating your Will depends on how complex your personal affairs. Ask your solicitor or Trustee Company for an estimate. Once you’ve made your decision, leaving a gift in your Will is easy to arrange. A few phone calls and a visit to your solicitor or Trustee Company is all it should take. You may wish to wait until next time you update your Will.
Can I add a gift to ACTU to an existing Will?
Yes, it is as simple as adding an amendment or codicil to your existing Will. Please contact your solicitor or Trustee Company and they will assist you with this.
How do I include a gift in my Will to ACTU?
You can use the provided suggested wording on leaving a gift in your Will as a guide when speaking to your solicitor or Trustee Company. It is important that bequests are left to Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) (ABN 67 175 982 800).
Can I leave conditions about how the gift is used or request a specific use for the gift?
We ask that you keep your gift quite general so it’s easier for us to fulfil your wishes in the future. This also means we can respond where the need is greatest when we eventually receive the gift. Let us know if you want to support an area of our work. We are happy to discuss this and give you as much choice as possible.
Should I tell you that I’ve included a gift to ACTU in my Will?
You can tell us you’ve included a gift in your Will if you want to. We’d love to hear from you, if that’s what you choose, so we can thank you for your thoughtfulness. All the information you share with us is strictly confidential. By letting us know, we can also give you a choice about how you like us to communicate with you in the future.
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