ANIMALS A LIFE WORTH LIVING AND HELP CREATE
A SAFER FUTURE FOR THEM”
What is a bequest?
A bequest is a gift, usually to a charity that
is provided for in a Will. Many people wish
to make a contribution towards the betterment
of society via their favourite cause as well
as providing for their family and friends.
What forms can a bequest take?
Bequests can take the form of cash, real estate,
personal property or even a percentage of an
estate – either as an outright bequest or placed
in a trust.
It is also possible to allocate the residue
of your estate (ie. whatever remains after you’ve
made provision for your loved ones) You could
even sign over an existing life insurance policy
or take out a new one naming your favourite
SPCA as the beneficiary.
How will my bequest help to protect
The SPCA movement is not government funded.
The SPCA movement is reliant on donations of
caring, supportive individuals like you to continue
The SPCA is uncovering more and more cases
of cruelty to animals, which we fight 24 hours
a day, every day of the year.
We are also under continually increasing pressure
to provide free or subsidised veterinary services
to indigent people and to resident of areas
where there are no Government or private veterinary
SPCAs’ do not turn needy animals away, which
means that the numbers of unwanted, abandoned
and stray animals grow daily. The cost of maintaining
our facilities and services places a heavy burden
on our shoulders. The cost of education is also
high. It carries a high value in changing the
way people think about and care for animals.
Every donation helps and is appreciated, no
matter how small.
What if I wish to change my mind?
The law protects your right to cancel your
bequest at a later stage if you wish to do so
or if your circumstances so dictate.
How do I make sure that my bequest
goes to the correct SPCA?
It is essential that a specific SPCA (or the
ZNSPCA) is specified in your will. Not only
should the individual SPCA be named but it might
be prudent to add “ currently situated at” (with
the physical an postal addresses included)
People often think that if “ the SPCA” is stated
in a Will, it is obvious to which SPCA the bequest
should be allocated. But people move, the local
SPCA where a person lived – perhaps 15 years
ago – may not be the same as the one in the
area where the donor resides.
Avoid confusion and potential delays. Be specific
at the start. After all, you would want your
money to reach your specified SPCA as quickly
as possible, wouldn’t you? Please use the wording
“ I bequeath to the SPCA (specify name) the
If you wish to leave a sum of money or assets
to more than one SPCA – then say so. Just ensure
that you name the SPCA specifically.
Please also add that in the event of that specific
SPCA no longer being in operation, that your
bequest goes to the Zimbabwe National SPCA to
be held for use in the area that your favourite
WHY MAKE A WILL?
A Will, even if you think that it’s not worth
it because you’re not wealthy, is the best way
to safeguard the future of the people and the
causes you care about. Your Will may be the
most important personal document you ever sign,
because it governs the administration and disposal
of all that you have striven for in life.
Without a Will, your estate is wound up and
the assets distributed according to the laws
of Government. Family heirlooms and items of
sentimental value may be sold in order to divide
the assets. No-one outside your family will
receive anything, not even your friends or the
charities you have been supporting for years.
This may also result in people receiving a portion
whom you did not wish to benefit. It also means
that your family won’t have to face sorting
out the legal muddle you’ll leave if you don’t
make a Will.
How do I change my existing Will?
Changes in tax law and your financial situation
make it essential that you review your Will
regularly. All you have to do in order to update
your Will is to write a Codicil, which is then
attached to your Will.
A Codocil is a legally binding instruction
that effectively changes your Will without having
to redraft a new one.
Who is qualified to draw up a Will?
Bankers, accountants, lawyers and financial
consultants are skilled in drawing up Wills.
It is essential to seek professional advice
when drawing up a Will to ensure that it is
properly and legally constituted, bearing in
mind that a correctly drafted Will ensures that
your wishes are clearly understood and adhered
What type of information is required for drawing
up a Will?
• A list of your assets (real estate, cars,
jewellery, shares etc) as well as their current
• A list of all your liabilities and debts (mortgage
bond, HP agreements, etc)
• Appointment of a guardian for minors if applicable.
• A list of all the people and charitable organisations
whom you wish to benefit
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