Bequests

 

 Making a Bequest in your Will

If you would like to make a bequest, there are many ways to do so. For example: a gift of a specific amount of your choice; a gift of particular belongings such as jewellery; property that you own; a percentage of part of your estate; a gift of that part of your estate that remains after you have provided for any of your loved ones; a gift of your whole estate.

By making a bequest, you can also elect to contribute to a specific important work of the Church.

By making a bequest, you will provide support for many ministries provided by the Church. Your generosity will make a difference to the lives of many.

For your final wishes to be honoured, you must have a valid Will. For this reason, it is very important that you arrange to have a valid Will drawn up by a solicitor.

 

General guidelines for making a Bequest to the Diocese in your Will.

 

General bequest

“I give to the Bishop for the time being of the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Darwin Property Trust [amount/percentage/asset/item] to be used in such manner as he determines and the receipt of an authorised officer of the Diocese shall be sufficient discharge to my executor, who shall not be bound to see to the application of this gift.”

 

Specific bequest

“I give to the Bishop for the time being of the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Darwin Property Trust [amount/percentage/asset/item] and I express the wish, without creating any trust, that this gift be used for (state your preferred use for the gift), and I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer of the Diocese shall be sufficient discharge to my executor, who shall not be bound to see to the application of this gift.”

 

A parish

“I give [amount/percentage/asset/item] to Catholic Church of the Diocese of Darwin Property Trust forthe use and benefit of the general charitable, religious and educational purposes of the Catholic Parish of [insert name of Parish]situated at[insert street address and suburb],Northern Territory. However, if this Parish ceases to exist in its current form, then to the new parish or parishes (and if more than one, equally) erected in its stead which may include the Parish named in this clause. The receipt of an authorised officer of the Diocese shall be sufficient discharge to my executor, who shall not be bound to see to the application of this gift.”

If you need to discuss this matter further please contact Mr. Todd Sparrow – email: finance@darwin.catholic.org.au / phone: (08) 8942 6002