The estate planning legal team at Attwood Marshall Lawyers are at The Salvation Army Gold Coast Temple at Southport today to host another Community Wills Day with The Salvos, helping raise vital funds for the charity’s important projects, explains Wills and Estates Department Manager Donna Tolley.
Six estate planning solicitors from Attwood Marshall Lawyers are gearing up for a busy day as they donate their time to draft and sign simple Wills for members of the community at the Salvation Army’s Wills Day at the Gold Coast Temple in Southport.
This vital community service allows the firm to help residents get their legal affairs in order, while at the same time supporting The Salvation Army and the important charitable work they do in the community.
The Salvation Army has been helping people in crisis for over 150 years. They are there to help and support people when times are tough, which is one of the reasons why we love to partner with them. The purpose or intent of our business is to help people and change their lives for the better. What better way to carry out our purpose than to support the Salvos, who change people’s lives for the better every day! We are passionate about every person having a legally drafted Will, and the Wills Day helps so many in the community to access assistance from experienced estate planning lawyers.
This year, the proceeds from the event will be going to the Salvation Army’s community welfare and emergency relief operations on the Gold Coast, one of the charity’s busiest sites in Queensland. All funds will help support the operational and distribution efforts of the city’s “Doorways” service, which provides financial relief to those in need while also linking individuals with internal and external support services aimed at solving long-term economic hardship.
“The current goal is to improve our service capacity in the provision of additional supports to our wonderful team of volunteers,” said Earle Ivers, a Salvation Army Officer at the Gold Coast Temple.
“A funding package is currently being developed to enable the employment of a community engagement worker, and today’s generous inclusion will also be part of those fundraising efforts.”
A Will is one of the most important legal documents you can make to protect your assets and to provide for your family and other causes you may feel passionate about.
Despite how simple it is to get your Will done, too many people either don’t have a Will at all or have failed to update theirs when their circumstances change. Events like the Community Wills Day provide a great opportunity for locals to get their Will drafted by an experienced estate planning lawyer at the fraction of the cost it would accrue outside of a Wills Day, while also contributing to charity.
Long History of Supporting the Salvos
2023 marks the 18th year that Attwood Marshall Lawyers have proudly joined forces with the Salvation Army for Community Wills Days across the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales. The first event took place in 2005 in Tweed Heads, with Legal Practice Director Jeff Garrett and Senior Associate Debbie Sage giving their time for the good cause.
The event has grown from a modest number of attendees to today’s much larger group of nearly 100 people.
In addition to today’s Southport event, we are excited to extend the initiative to Brisbane, hosting our first-ever Brisbane-based Salvation Army Community Wills Day in June this year. The additional Wills Day events comes after Attwood Marshall Lawyers expanded its presence in Brisbane earlier this month, opening a dedicated full-time office occupied by specialist lawyers and support staff.
The law firm will also be hosting a Community Wills Day at the Robina Town Centre office on 16th August and another at the Coolangatta office on 23rd August.
The booking fees for these events go directly to the Salvation Army in the form of donations, supporting the important work they do in helping our community.
During a Community Wills Day, our solicitors are on hand to work through information provided by attendees, to draft and sign them up with a simple Will. And if attendees make the generous decision to leave a gift in their Will to a charity such as the Salvation Army, Attwood Marshall Lawyers’ estate planning lawyers are there to assist them, including by making sure their Will contains the right wording to ensure the gift does not fail.
Simple Wills usually only cover one person leaving their assets to another person or multiple persons, such as one spouse or partner to another, or from a parent to several children. Simple Wills do not cover arrangements involving complex estates such as those with a large property portfolio, assets held in trusts or complex business structures, nor do they include self-managed superannuation or life insurance as these assets must be dealt with outside of the Will. For more complex estate planning services, it is recommended to request a special appointment with an estate planning solicitor to ensure your plan suits your needs.
Attwood Marshall Lawyers – helping you preserve your wishes and plan for the future
At Attwood Marshall Lawyers we are passionate about helping people protect the assets they have worked hard to acquire throughout their lifetime, and ensure their family are looked after if the unexpected happens.
A Will is an incredibly personal document and should reflect your wishes and intentions. Discussing your family dynamics and financial circumstances with an experienced estate planning lawyer will help you understand how to plan and distribute your assets upon your death as you intend. People are often surprised how straightforward the process is.
You can also make an appointment with our estate planning lawyers online instantly via our booking app. Our lawyers are available to meet with you at any of our conveniently located offices at Coolangatta, Robina Town Centre, Kingscliff, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.