Far Sighted People Leave Bequests

Naming Royal Guide Dogs Association of Tasmania in your Will means that you can assist people with blindness tomorrow with your donation in your Will today.

People often say, “I don’t have a Will, because I do not have much to leave” but a lot of people only consider the cash in the bank, they do not consider their biggest asset, their property.

If you do not have a Will, you may lose the right to dictate how your assets will be distributed.

When you make a Will, your first priority should be to consider your family. You will need to provide your Solicitor with your personal information and those whom you would like to benefit from your estate. If you already have a Will, you may choose to review it to ensure it continues to reflect your concerns for family, friends, and your favourite charities. With your Solicitor, you can make minor changes or additions to your Will – this is called a Codicil.

Once you have considered your family and friends, you may consider leaving a bequest in your Will to Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania.

“Our eyesight is something we treasure and losing some or all of your vision creates many challenges. But thanks to the wonderful people at Royal Guide Dogs, life can go on. I have always supported Royal Guide Dogs. When a Guide Dog came to visit one of my Neighbourhood Watch meetings, I learned quite a bit about how much training is necessary and how costly it is and what intelligent dogs they are. I admire the people who train them and believe that more people should be made aware of the important job they do and how we can help them.

That is why I decided to make a bequest in my Will to the Guide Dogs.”

Elizabeth, Hobart, Tasmania.

You may wish to consider leaving a gift of money to train a Guide Dog. If this is the case, you may choose to name the Guide Dog after a family member or after a beloved pet (sometimes it is better to pick two names, one female and one male). We are happy to discuss this with you – and this should be reflected in your Will.

Whatever your decision, if you would like your gift to go to a particular area, we will gladly honour your requests and wishes.

You may also have a beloved pet dog and you worry that it may outlive you – Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania can assist you with its Pet Legacy Program. Your canine friend will be placed in a loving home environment similar to the one it shares with you. This Program gives great peace of mind to those who have no family, but have a pet that is loved and considered to be “family”.

As a supporter of Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania, perhaps you have already included the Association in your estate plans. Please let us know about your bequest so we can thank you and name you as one of our Friends for Life.

If you prefer to remain anonymous in your generosity, we will respect that decision.

Improving Quality Of Life And Providing Independence Thanks to You

Your generous support for Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania means that you are playing a significant role in providing freedom and confidence for Tasmanians who are blind or vision impaired. It takes an incredible amount of time and money to train a Guide Dog that will eventually become the eyes and trusted companion of someone who is blind or vision impaired.

Many of our donors recognise the importance of supporting the Association and make the decision to continue to support even after they pass away. These people have generously set aside a gift for Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania in their Will. For them, this gift signifies a lasting contribution to the future of our children and the generations that follow.

Today, we hope that you will take the time to make the decision to include Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania in your estate. Please contact us and we can provide a simple form that you can provide to your Trustee Company or Solicitor when preparing your will. Alternatively, you can download a copy here.

Some of the options on how to leave a gift to the Association: A sum of money. Real estate or shares. Life Insurance. A percentage of your Estate. A residual bequest (the remainder of your estate after specific bequests have been distributed).