Access to justice is life changing

Leaving a gift for Law Access is a meaningful way to make a lasting difference for disadvantaged Western Australians long into the future.

Law Access was the shining light in a stressful time when justice seemed totally out of reach.

– support person for a Law Access applicant

Your gift will provide vital support to help us ensure that all Western Australians have access to justice.

There are a number of ways to support Law Access through your will:

  • A general bequest leaving a specific fixed amount or percentage;
  • A bequest that specifies the projects or activities that you wish your bequest supports; or
  • A charitable trust or endowment.

Suggested legal wording for your Will

It is important that you talk to your solicitor about your estate plans and will, and in particular your intention to leave a gift for Law Access in your will. They have the expertise to ensure that all your wishes are represented correctly including providing for your family or loved ones as a priority.

The following are suggested wordings you may consider with your solicitor when preparing or updating your will to include Law Access.

1. Bequest for general purposes

If your Will provides that Law Access may use the bequest for its general purposes or if no purpose is specified then Law Access will decide which activities or projects are to be funded by the bequest, usually being those Law Access considers to have the greatest priority at the time of the donor’s death.

This type of bequest is most flexible, as it gives Law Access the ability to decide which activities and projects are funded by your bequest in response to the changing needs and priorities. In this category of bequest the following draft Will clauses are suggested as a guide.

I give [insert $ amount] to Law Access Limited (ACN 602 771 068) (Law Access), for its general purposes. The receipt of the [the chief executive officer, a director or secretary of Law Access] for the time being is a full and complete discharge to my Executors in respect of the gift to Law Access under this clause.

I give [insert percentage %] of the residue of my estate to Law Access Ltd (ACN 602 771 068) (Law Access) for its general purposes. The receipt of the [the chief executive officer, a director or secretary of Law Access] for the time being is a full and complete discharge to my Executors in respect of the gift to Law Access under this clause.

2. Bequest for a specific purpose

Alternatively, you may choose to specify in your Will the projects or activities that you wish your bequest to support. If your Will provides that the bequest is to be used for a specific purpose (e.g. to fund law reform activities or to support a certain client group), then Law Access will endeavour to give effect to your wishes.

I give [insert $ amount] to Law Access Limited (ACN 602 771 068) (Law Access), for the purpose of [insert purpose]. The receipt of the [the chief executive officer, a director or secretary of Law Access] for the time being is a full and complete discharge to my Executors in respect of the gift to Law Access under this clause.

I give [insert percentage %] of the residue of my estate to Law Access Ltd (ACN 602 771 068) (Law Access) for the purpose of [insert purpose]. The receipt of the [the chief executive officer, a director or secretary of Law Access] for the time being is a full and complete discharge to my Executors in respect of the gift to Law Access under this clause.

The priorities of Law Access may change over time. If you choose to make a bequest whether a specific bequest or a residual bequest to Law Access for a specific purpose then we request that the following additional provision be included in your will to cover the possibility that the stated purpose cannot be performed.

If at any time Law Access determines that it is impossible or impracticable to carry out the specified purpose, then Law Access may use or apply the gift to Law Access under this clause for such other purpose or purposes as Law Access determines most closely accords with the specified purpose.

You are encouraged and invited to contact the Law Access Chief Executive Officer to discuss your particular interest, the activity you wish to support and how you can achieve your wishes.

3. Charitable trust or endowment

If you wish to establish a charitable trust or an endowment (an ongoing trust) where the donor specifies that, either in perpetuity or for a specified period of time the gift is to be invested and all or part of the income arising from the gift is to be applied to Law Access for general purposes or for a specified purpose or for a combination of both.

If you are considering establishing a charitable trust endowment under your Will for the benefit of Law Access we encourage you to speak with the Law Access Chief Executive Officer to ensure that your wishes can be met and to seek the advice of a solicitor experienced in Wills and Estate Planning in relation to how the trust or endowment should be expressed.

Further information

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can contribute to Law Access in your Will, please contact our CEO Dominique Hansen for a confidential discussion on (08) 6488 5683 or email dhansen@lawaccess.org.au.

Please let us know if you decide to include Law Access in your will. This way we can personally thank you for your generous gift.