Support through your will

Do you want to support African families and their animals, even if you’re not here anymore? If you include Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium in your will, then you invest in their future.

 

How do you include Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium in your will?

State in your will that you bequeath all or part of your possessions to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, Paul Deschanellaan 36-38, 1030 Brussels (company registration number 0442.168.263). You can create an authentic, self-written or international testament. It is best to have a self-written testament registered through a notary, to avoid loss or misunderstandings. You do not have a notary yet? Find a notary near you.

“Included as an heir”

I just included Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium as an heir in my will. Good work deserves all the help it can get! This way they can continue to exist and help poor people and animals in need.

(Nathalie Van der M.)

  • General bequest

    With a general bequest, you bequeath all of your estate to one or more persons or organizations. If you want to bequeath all of your estate to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, you will make Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium as your general beneficiary.

  • Bequest under general title

    With a bequest under general title, you give a part of your estate to one or more people or organizations. For example, you can give a certain percentage of your estate or your bank accounts to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium.

  • Specific bequest

    Do you want to give specific assets to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium? For example, with a specific bequest, you can decide to give a certain sum of money, a specific house or the contents of your securities account to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium.

Duo legacy

With a duo legacy, you can give part of your estate to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium and make sure that there is more left for your other heirs. Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium pays all inheritance rights, including those of the other heirs. An interesting solution for all beneficiaries, because with a duo legacy you save a lot of inheritance taxes.

It is important in that case that the bequest to the benefit of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is large enough to bear all inheritance taxes and costs. Otherwise, we must refuse the inheritance and the benefit to your other heirs disappears.

Frequently asked questions

If you wish to leave (a part of) your estate to charity, it is wise to write a will. There are three ways to do so:

  • The self-written testament, which you write completely yourself, date and sign.
  • The authentic testament that you dictate to the notary.
  • The international testament, which is used mainly when dealing with an extensive will, because this is the only form that allows the will to be typed in advance. It is also indicated for an international context.

You can give your will to the notary for safekeeping.

In addition, you should take into account the following rules:

  • Two people cannot make the same will together. In other words, a husband and wife cannot together create one single will. This prohibition stems from the fact that everyone must be free to change their will, apart from the other.
  • The beneficiary’s designation must be clear and precise. It is impossible to pass on property to “the poor people of the Congo” or “to the goats in Niger”.
A duo legacy allows you to grant a part of your inheritance to one or more persons and the remainder to an organisation or foundation. In that case, the latter will pay all inheritance taxes. For an organisation authorised to issue fiscal certificates the inheritance tax is 7% in Wallonia, 12.5% in the Brussels-Capital Region and 8.5% in Flanders.

This type of legacy is mainly used if the testator only has distant relatives or relatives without blood ties (a niece/nephew or a friend). In that case, inheritance taxes will be very high. The duo legacy makes the inheritance fiscally attractive while at the same time leaving a generous donation to an organisation. However, the benefits for the selected organisation must be sufficient for it to be able to accept the legacy. After all, the organisation is responsible for the administrative and fiscal handling of the inheritance. If the administrative fees exceed the income from the inheritance, the organisation can refuse the duo legacy.

A duo bequest must meet three conditions:

  • There must be a will
  • There must be a bequest in favor of one or more persons
  • There must be a second bequest for the benefit of a recognized organization that is obligated to pay all the inheritance taxes of the first person
You leave your complete estate to one or more beneficiaries. If you wish one or more beneficiaries to be responsible for the distribution of your estate, it is enough to indicate these persons or association as general legatees. The general legatee or legatees will divide your entire estate and distribute the special bequests, if you have prepared them.
If you have children and/or are married, you possess all of your property. But the children (or the parents if there are no children) or the spouse can reduce the amount of the bequest by invoking the so-called ‘reserved inheritance’ right, the minimum part guaranteed to them by law. Nevertheless, the will can pertain to all property, because you do not know whether you will still have children or a spouse at the time of your death, nor whether they will claim their part.
Making a will seems simple, but in reality several difficulties can occur that could lead to doubt about the bequest. The intervention of a notary will usually take place at three levels:

  • The notary will first inform you about what is possible, taking into account your familial situation and possibly the restrictions on your freedom to make a will.
  • The notary will primarily help you to make the will and use the correct terminology and ensure that all legal pitfalls are avoided so that all obligations are met.
  • The notary will keep the will, so that it can be regarded as being genuine and can be executed on death. All wills deposited with the notary will be registered in the Central Register of the Testaments (CRT), managed by the Royal Federation of the Belgian Notary Office.
If you leave an amount or possession to a person or organization by means of a will, you will continue to have absolute ownership of your estate until the moment of your death. You can always change the disposition. Creating a bequest is the most common way of transferring property to charities.

When you donate to an organization or person, you immediately cede the rights to your property. In addition, a donation is final: the donated amount cannot be the subject of a refund request. A donation is free and without compensation.

Contact us

Aude Delcoigne

Aude Delcoigne
Responsible for bequests
a.delcoigne@vsf-belgium.org
+3222404954

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