Imagine how much good could be done if each one of us remembered a favourite charity or cause in our will or estate plan?
When it comes to your will, it is only right that your family and friends come first in your thoughts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also leave a gift to a cause close to your heart, such as the Father Ray Foundation.
A legacy does not have to be an enormous sum of money. Of course family and friends come first, but any legacy left in a will, not matter how small or how large, is important to the charities you support.
Leaving a legacy to a charity in another country
Different countries have different rules when it comes to writing a will and leaving a legacy to a charitable organization. So check with your solicitor or lawyer what the correct process is for sending a legacy to a charity, such as the Father Ray Foundation, which is located in a foreign country.
If you are a foreign expatriate living in Thailand you may want to consider writing two wills, one for possessions here in Thailand and another for possessions in your home country.
If you wish to make a will here in Thailand we can recommend a reputable law firm.
Khun Prempreecha Dibbayawan has been our lawyer for many years and can be contacted at
The Office of Jural Law
If you are a citizen on the United States, please click here to view examples of what you can be included in your will.
Why making a will is important
- If you die without making a will, or without making a valid will, you are said to die ‘intestate’. Your possessions will be distributed according to strict intestacy rules not necessarily how you would wish.
- If you are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will not automatically inherit your estate if you do not have a valid will.
- If you have dependent children, but do not have a valid will then you will have no control of who looks after them, should anything happen to you.
Why is it important to keep your will updated?
Once you have a will it is important to keep it up to date. Major changes in your marital, family or financial circumstances should be reflected in your will.
You will need to tell your family and friends the name of your solicitor or lawyer who is holding your will.
Who to include in your will
When writing your will you should take into consideration the people, causes and organizations you want to remember and consider the types of gifts you may want to leave.
You will need to decide who you want to receive your possessions.
Take into consideration your family. Not just what you will leave to them but also who will care for your dependents and your pets. If you have children under the age of 18 who would you like to become their legal guardians.
You will also need to leave instructions for your funeral.
You may have friends who you would like to leave personal mementos and gifts to.
Who will become the Executor of the will? You will also need to inform relatives and friends of your solicitors or lawyer contact details.
You should also inform family and friends of any life insurance policies and stocks and shares that you have accumulated.
You should also look into the rules of inheritance tax, estate tax or estate duty, depending on the country you are living.
When deciding to leave a legacy to a charitable organization we hope that you will think of the Father Ray Foundation. Your gift will go towards improving the lives of all our children and students.