Wills Month time to think of le­gacy

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

A part­ner­ship between Hawke’s Bay Foun­da­tion and 10 lo­cal law firms is mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to leave a gift in their will. For the month of Septem­ber, clients of par­tic­i­pat­ing law firms can up­date an ex­ist­ing will to in­clude a gift to the Hawke’s Bay Foun­da­tion at no charge to them.

Linda Calder, de­vel­op­ment man­ager of Hawke’s Bay Foun­da­tion, says the aim of Wills Month is to give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to think about their on­go­ing char­i­ta­ble giv­ing.

“More and more peo­ple are con­sid­er­ing how they can make a dif­fer­ence to their com­mu­nity af­ter they’re gone,” Linda says.

“Leav­ing a small per­cent­age of your es­tate to the Hawke’s Bay Foun­da­tion is a fan­tas­tic way to create a last­ing le­gacy that will ben­e­fit the re­gion for gen­er­a­tions to come. We work closely with our donors to en­sure the causes they care about ben­e­fit from their gen­eros­ity.”

Kevin Callini­cos of Wil­lis Le­gal, one of the 10 par­tic­i­pat­ing firms, says Wills Month also high­lights the im­por­tance of hav­ing a valid will in place to en­sure that when you die, your es­tate is dis­trib­uted in ac­cor­dance with your wishes.

“I have been sur­prised at how re­cep­tive peo­ple are to the sug­ges­tion of mak­ing a gift to a char­ity, when I raise it with them when do­ing a will. For peo­ple with a strong con­nec­tion to Hawke’s Bay but no con­nec­tion to any par­tic­u­lar char­ity, the Hawke’s Bay Foun­da­tion is the ideal so­lu­tion for some­body wish­ing to ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Com­mu­nity foun­da­tions are one of the fastest-grow­ing ar­eas of phi­lan­thropy world­wide, Linda says, with 17 foun­da­tions in New Zealand and more than 1800 world­wide.

“Peo­ple are re­al­is­ing the value of com­mu­nity foun­da­tions as a way of sup­port­ing their lo­cal area, now and into the fu­ture. Ev­ery do­na­tion and be­quest is in­vested for the long-term, with only the in­ter­est be­ing used to ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” she adds.

“It’s a unique model which of­fers a sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional fund­ing mod­els.”

The 10 firms par­tic­i­pat­ing in Wills Month are Ban­nis­ter von Dadel­szen, Bay Le­gal, Bramwell Bate Lawyers, Carlile Dowl­ing, DK Le­gal, Gif­ford Devine, Lan­g­ley Twigg Law, Sains­bury, Lo­gan & Wil­liams, Souness Stone and Wil­lis Le­gal.

‘I have been sur­prised at how re­cep­tive peo­ple are to the sug­ges­tion of mak­ing a gift to a charit

■ Wills Month runs from Septem­ber 3-28. Visit www.hawkes­bay­foun­da­tion. org.nz or con­tact one of the par­tic­i­pat­ing prac­tices.

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