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September is Free Wills month!

Considering leaving a gift in your Will doesn’t equate to being old: it’s about providing for your family and ensuring that the things you care about can benefit when your time is up.

The University of Canterbury has partnered with Justly, the online Will writing service, to create a brilliant opportunity for staff, friends and family to write a Will and/or a Statement of Wishes free of charge. There is no obligation to leave a gift in your Will to the UC Foundation, it’s just a great benefit that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Wills are not just for the rich and wealthy either. Regardless of how much or how little money you have, they ensure that your personal belongings and assets go to the people/good causes you nominate.

According to Sorted, less than half of adults in NZ have a Will, which means that if you die intestate (without a Will) those you care about most may not be looked after. This doesn’t have to be your final forever Will – it’s just a starting point to make sure you have every possibility covered.

To find peace of mind you can get started here. Once you have entered your email address you will be sent a link to begin (which can be activated at any time). Upon completion – approximately
10-15 minutes – you will be taken to a checkout and you can use the following codes to overwrite the minimum charges for a comprehensive single Will and/or a Statement of Wishes:

UCALUMNIWILL to claim your free Will
UCALUMNISOW to claim your free Statement of Wishes

Too easy!

In the months of July and August we have seen over 300 people access this service. Let’s see if we can beat this for September.

Any questions, just email kathryn.marshall@canterbury.ac.nz in the Alumni & UC Foundation team, or call 03 369 5530 for a chat.

Reminder: free online Wills for UC staff and family

Writing your Will is perhaps one of the easiest things to put off, yet it’s also one of the easiest documents to put in place. Since Wills typically protect those closest to us – telling everyone what should happen to our money, possessions and property after we die – they deserve to be prioritised and not left at the bottom of the to-do list.

According to Sorted, less than half of adults in NZ have a Will, which means some of us could be leaving our families with a huge mess when we pass away. Writing a Will shows responsibility, it means you are taking control of your life and thinking long-term about your family and loved ones.

The UC Foundation (the charitable arm of the University) recognises the importance of Wills and has recently partnered with Justly to provide a fee-free Will writing service for all UC staff. Yep, you read that correctly, this service will be free of charge – no strings, no hidden conditions, and best of all, your Will can be written from the comfort of your own home whenever it suits you.

To get started writing your free Will just click here under the ‘Online Will-writing section’.

Feel free to also read about how the UC Foundation supports the educational mission of the university through donations, bequests, sponsorships and partnerships.

Where there’s a will there’s a way

Writing your Will is perhaps one of the easiest things to put off, yet it’s also one of the easiest documents to put in place. Since Wills typically protect those closest to us – telling everyone what should happen to our money, possessions and property after we die – they deserve to be prioritised and not left at the bottom of the to-do list.

According to Sorted, less than half of adults in NZ have a Will, which means some of us could be leaving our families with a huge mess when we pass away. Writing a Will shows responsibility, it means you are taking control of your life and thinking long-term about your family and loved ones.

The UC Foundation (the charitable arm of the University) recognises the importance of Wills and has recently partnered with Justly to provide a fee-free Will writing service for all UC staff. Yep, you read that correctly, this service will be free of charge – no strings, no hidden conditions, and best of all, your Will can be written from the comfort of your own home whenever it suits you.

If you think you don’t need a Will because joint property will go to your partner and kids anyway, you may want to reconsider your position. It can get even more complicated when you’ve had multiple relationships throughout your life, as often happens in our modern day. Here are a few facts worth knowing:

  • When you get married, the Will you wrote before marriage is no longer valid.
  • If you die without a Will, the government will use a formula to divide up your assets.
  • The last Will you signed – even if it’s out of date – will be the one used if you die.
  • Wills are not just about what you leave to people – they can also identify the person you want to look after your children and/or who you want to disinherit.
  • If you die intestate (without a Will) the people you care about most may not be looked after. It often takes a long time and a lot of money to resolve matters, causing extra distress for your loved ones during their time of grief.
  • The ability to make charitable gifts is a good reason to have a Will because it allows your legacy to live on and reflect your personal values and interests.

To get started writing your free Will just click here under the ‘Online Will-writing section’.

If you need a little more convincing…please read on.

Most people use excuses like: making a Will is too complicated, too expensive, I haven’t got anything, I don’t have time, I’ll do it when I get a better job, I’ll do it when I’m married or buy a house… In reality, the right time to get a Will is as soon as you turn 18!

Wills are not just for the rich and wealthy. Regardless of how much or how little money you have, a Will ensures that whatever personal belongings and assets you do have will go to family and/or the beneficiaries you designate.

Everyone should have a Will, but it’s especially important if you have children. A Will ensures that you get to choose your children’s legal guardian should you die before your children are of legal adult age. Without a Will, a court makes these decisions on your behalf, among others, through a lengthy and often stressful process called probate. Few people plan to die in the near future, but if you die suddenly without a Will, you will inadvertently subject your family and loved ones to unnecessary confusion and anxiety at what is already a difficult time.

To read more about Justly feel free to click here, or to find peace of mind, do the right thing and get started with your own Will click here.

Feel free to also read on about the UC Foundation and how it provides opportunities for individuals and organisations to support the educational mission of the university through donations, bequests, sponsorships and partnerships.

Alternatively, email kathryn.marshall@canterbury.ac.nz or call 03 369 5530 for a chat.

The timeless gift of learning

Live on through a gift in your will and inspire future generations of UC students and staff.

The University of Canterbury Foundation | Te Tūāpapa Hononga o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha acts as UC’s charitable arm.

Donations come in many sizes and forms, and a gift in your will is just one of the ways you can support the University’s work after your lifetime, once your friends and family have been looked after.

Gifts in wills are easy to set up and do not need to be vast sums of money or large percentages of an estate.

For the months of May and June UC staff are being offered a discounted will-writing service as part of a UC staff financial wellbeing benefit, irrespective of whether you choose to leave a provision to the UC Foundation or not.

When donors inform the Foundation of their intention to leave a gift in their Will, they are invited to become members of the elite Partners in Excellence Programme, joining other like-minded supporters who have shown foresight in choosing to support the University in this very special way.

All gifts in wills are greatly appreciated and are an essential factor for ensuring UC’s good work continues.

Should you (or any other donor) wish for a gift to be publicly acknowledged, $1,000 can provide a named prize or study grant for a year, $7,000 can cover undergraduate fees for a year, and anything above $25,000 can be endowed – meaning the fund can be inflation-proofed and remain forever, in perpetuity.

At the UC Foundation we do not deduct fees, so 100% of every donation goes directly to its intended purpose.

To read about how recent gifts in wills have impacted the University, please click here>

To request a no-obligation UC Foundation bequest brochure please email Kathryn.Marshall@canterbury.ac.nz or call 95530.

Feedback and win if you attended Financial Wellbeing afternoon, 19 Nov

The Alumni & UC Foundation team welcomed over 150 staff to the free financial wellbeing afternoon in the Engineering Core on Tues 19 Nov. Short seminars were held, presenting information on Wills, estate planning, family trusts, insurances, paying off debt faster, retirement planning and legacies to name but a few.

In order to review the programme and decide if it should run again next year, we would love to receive feedback from all that attended. Please email your thoughts to kathryn.marshall@canterbury.ac.nz by Friday 7 Dec and you will be entered into a draw to win a basket of UC goodies.