A Will is a powerful way to show your values and commitment to those that we support. Your Will is a way to ensure that you can do more of what you value, even after your own lifetime.
Gathered Here and Expression Australia have partnered to make creating a Will as easy as possible using their online platform.
If you'd like to support Expression Australia by creating a Will and leaving a gift, you can follow the guide below
Hi there! Let's start with your Will.
Fast - takes less than 10 minutes
Free - absolutely no cost
Easy - simply print and sign with two witnesses
And that's it! Follow the instructions provided and you'll have a legal Will from Australia's most trusted end-of-life services site.
Why you should leave a gift for Expression Australia in your Will
A gift in your Will could help us to empower the Deaf and hard of hearing community through equal opportunities & access in all aspects of life.
Your gift will make a difference through the following goals:
Raising awareness of the barriers faced by people who are Deaf and hard of hearing.
Ensuring that everyone has the right to access to information in Auslan and with interpreters, captions, and translations.
Supporting initatives that positively impact the lives of people who are Deaf and hard of hearing such as Expression Deaf Grants.
We also have several projects which have a positive impact on the Deaf and hard of hearing community:
- Deaf Learners - a program where Deaf and hard of hearing migrants can access language classes to support their resettlement in Australia.
- Deaf Club - a monthly social event for the Deaf community to connect and interact with each other.
- Deaf Festival - an annual event with an aim of creating a safe & inclusive space for Deaf and hard of hearing people.
- Auslan Anywhere - an app where people can access Auslan phrases and words in word format, contributed by the Deaf community.
- Auslan interpreted news - in partnership with ABC News, we provide Auslan interpreters on Sundays for Deaf and hard of hearing people to access news in Auslan and to increase their capacity as equal citizens.
Section One: About You
This section asks questions about you such as:
- Your full name, including any middle names
- Date of birth
- Phone number - this is optional
It will ask about:
- Your relationship status and your partner's name
- Your children and their names & dates of birth
- Your pets and their names.
You will also be asked to nominate guardians for your children and pets.
Section Two: Executors
This section will ask you to appoint someone as an executor of your Will. You can nominate up to three people as executors. This is important because if the first named executor is unable to perform their duty of carrying out your Will, then the next available executor nominated by you can then do the duty.
It also includes information about the roles of an executor and guidance on who makes an appropriate executor.
Section Three: Estate
This section will ask you about what you currently own - altogether this is called your 'Estate'.
Your 'residual estate' is everything you own when you pass away, after any money you owe has been paid, and any specific gifts in your Will have been gifted (specific gifts are covered in the next section).
In the first part of this section, you will be asked to nominate people who will receive a percentage of your residual estate. They can be your family or friends. Anyone that receives a gift in your Will is called your beneficiary.
The second part of this section will ask you to choose any charities or non-profits that will receive a percentage of your residual estate.
You can choose from one of featured organisations, or browse by cause, or search for your favourite cause, or add an organisation that is not listed with Gathered Here.
At the end of this section, you will be asked to divide your estate into percentages. For example, you may give 40% to your son, 40% to your daughter, and 20% to your favourite charity.
Section Four: Gifts
This section will ask you if you would like a specific gift in your Will - a set dollar amount, a specific item, or a collection of items. For example, you could leave $10,000, a car, or a record collection.
Again, if you choose to leave a specific gift, this will be gifted first before your residual estate is gifted in your chosen percentages to your nominated beneficiaries.
You will be asked to write a description of the item and the name of the person or organisation who should receive it. You will also be given the option to leave a personal message.
Section Five: Funeral Wishes
This section will give you the opportunity to share your funeral wishes if you choose. You can share what kind of funeral you would like, where you would your final resting place to be, and any other wishes or preferences such as your preferred Auslan interpreters.
You can also request three quotes from local funeral directors in case you would like to pre-plan your funeral.
Section Six: Thank You
This is the final section, where you will be asked if you would like to share your personal information with the charities or non-profits that were included in your Will.
This section also explains why sharing your information is helpful to the causes you care about.
When you have completed all areas of your Will online, you will be given an overview where you can check and edit your previous responses.
You will also be given the option to book a free consultation with the legal team at Gathered Here to learn more about a bespoke Will if you feel the online Will is not a good fit for you and your situation.
Ready to create your Will?
Frequently asked questions
Are online Wills legal?
Yes, when completed properly. If you are using Gathered Here to write your Will online, make sure you follow the instructions carefully and fill in the sections to reflect your wishes.
Once you're done, print your Will single-sided on normal white paper and sign it in front of two people. These two people are called witnesses. You don't need any one special to do this - anyone over the age of 18 of a sound mind will do.
That being said, the two witnesses you choose cannot be included in your Will as a beneficiary, and neither can their children, dependents, or spouses. Your two witnesses will then sign it after you. This step is called 'executing' the Will.
The very last step is stapling your Will together in the top left corner. It's very important not to remove that staple to keep your Will legal!
Store it somewhere safe, and tell your executor where it is so they can find it when the time comes. When completed and executed properly, you have a legal Will. Write it with Gathered Here, and it's free!
Why you should write a Will
Everyone 18 years of age and older should have a Will, no matter how much they own or how simple they think dividing their estate will be.
Having a Will isn't just about giving your money and possessions to people or charities you care most about. It also makes things much easier for your loved oned when you die.
There's a surprising amount of admin involved when someone dies, which can be stressful and confusing for grieving families. Having an updated Will will clear some of that confusion.
What are the benefits of an online Will?
There are a lot of benefits to writing an online Will, including low costs, the convenience, and the quick turnaround time for getting a final, legal document.
Cost: Online Wills are much more affordable than working with a solicitor to write one. Gathered Here offers online Wills for free so anyone can write one regardless of income. Without online Wills, many people would be priced out of estate planning.
Convenience: An online Will doesn't require a visit to a solicitor's office. This makes the task much easier for people who live in rural towns, people who find it difficult to leave their home, or people who are just busy.
Speed: An online Will can be completed in several minutes. That job you've been putting off for months? You can get it done during your lunch break with time to spare. Or if you need a Will quickly, writing one online is much faster than waiting for your solicitor to draft one for you. For example, you may need a Will for visa purposes.
Flexibility: Online Wills are much easier to amend compared to solicitor-drafted Wills. Gathered Here offers free updates to online Wills for life, so no matter how many times you change your mind, you can adjust your Will for free.
When is an online Will not suitable for you?
Online Wills aren't suitable for everyone. If any of these apply to you, it may be better to consider seeking expert estate-planning advice:
- You have an extensive estate
- You have a family trust
- You own a business
- You have a self-managed super fund
- You have overseas assets
- Your wishes are complex
- You have a dependent adult child
- You have a blended family
- You are cutting out a spouse, child, step-child, or other person who is financially dependent on you
- You believe there may be a high chance your Will is contested
If any of these apply to you, you can still complete an online Will via Gathered Here. Once you've completed the online Will, contact our in-house legal team and they'll be able to use the information you've already provided to create a more suitable plan for you.
For existing Wills
If you already have a Will through other means, you can still leave Expression Australia a gift in your Will, whether it be a share of your residual estate, a fixed sum, or an item of value.
Wording to include in your Will
Our legal name is “Victorian Deaf Society” and our registered address is Level 6, 54 Wellington Street, Collingwood, 3066, VIC Australia. Our ABN is 56 004 058 084.
All forms of bequests will aid our work and services for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing or experience barriers to participation. Once you have decided which option best suits you, we recommend the following wording for your Will.
“I give to Expression Australia (legal name: Victorian Deaf Society) of Level 6, 54 Wellington Street, Collingwood in the state of Victoria
- the residue of my Estate, or
- ...% of the residue of my Estate, or
- the sum of $..., or
- the specific item(s) ...
for its general purposes and I further direct that the said bequest shall be paid free of all taxes and duties and that the receipt of the Treasurer of the Victorian Deaf Society for the time being shall be sufficient discharge of my executor(s)."
If you use wording other than the above provided, please ensure you state Expression Australia’s full name and address - Victorian Deaf Society of Level 6, 54 Wellington Street, Collingwood, East Melbourne in the state of Victoria.
Should you already have a Will, you may consider making a Codicil to incorporate a bequest to us. We recommend you obtain professional legal advice on the wording of your Codicil.
Need further information?
If you would like further information, or you have decided to include us in your Will, we would appreciate it if you could inform us of your intentions. You can contact us on:
Phone. (03) 9473 1111