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Leaving a legacy in your Will

A gift in your will can help people in Australia and around the world

It’s not always easy to talk about gifts in Wills, but we simply couldn’t fund our work here in Australia and all over the world without them. Your loved ones will always come first, we understand that, but once you’ve taken care of them, we would be grateful if you could consider Red Cross for a donation. It doesn’t have to be a large amount. Any gift you can give will be used where it is needed most. It could help us respond in a disaster, provide clean water or offer a caring companion for a lonely elderly person.

Many people think that making a Will or changing an existing one is complicated, but we’ll show you that it doesn’t have to be.

How to leave a bequest

Your Will is an important document that must be properly prepared and executed. We recommend using a solicitor to make sure your Will is legal and valid.

Red Cross' National Solicitor Network offers a reduced charge from $150 to prepare a simple Will. We provide referrals to qualified solicitors who can help create or update your existing Will at a reduced cost. This special service is only available to those intending to leave a gift in their Will to Red Cross. Alternatively, you could attend one of our Wills Days.

Whether you choose to use your own solicitor or one from our National Solicitor Network, you can download this instruction sheet to help prepare how you would like your Will to be structured. It also includes some important questions to ask your solicitor and the correct wording to include a gift to Australian Red Cross.

If you are kind enough to be including a gift to Australian Red Cross in your will, make sure you include the correct wording below.

Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support the Red Cross. There are a number of different ways you can remember the Red Cross in your will, depending on your circumstances.

Share of your estate, also known as a residuary gift. The residue of your estate is what remains of the estate once all your loved ones and charges have been paid. A residuary gift could be a percentage or the whole of the residue of your estate. Just 1, 2, 5% or more of your estate can make a difference.

Fixed sum of money, also known as a pecuniary gift. This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us. It may be of interest to note that the value of this will decrease over time with inflation.

A specific gift. You may wish to leave us a particular item (known as a specific bequest), which can be sold to support our work. It could be property or an item of value such as real estate, art or a piece of jewellery.

Wording your Will. It’s important that you use the correct wording or else your Will may be invalidated.

We believe that it is an important step to talk to family and loved ones about your Will. Communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out. Let your family know that an enduring gift to Red Cross is important to you and advise any executors and guardians of your wishes.

We ask that you consider contacting us to let us know of your intended gift. Your notification helps us by:

  • providing assurance of future investment into our 7 key priority areas
  • allows us to personalise all communication with you and focus on programs that interest you
  • enables us to invite you to events for face-to-face updates on our programs

To notify us, please send us a message with the form below or call the bequest team on 1800 811 700.

Our promises

Including a gift in your Will to support Red Cross is an important decision, and it’s one that we want to make sure you are 100% happy with. What’s why we make these promises:

  • We understand that your family and loved ones come first. All we ask is once you’ve looked after those closest to you, that you think about leaving a gift to support our work.
  • We will handle whatever gift you leave us efficiently, so that it can do the greatest good in the areas where it is needed most.
  • We recognise you have every right to change your mind about a gift in your Will at any time.
  • If you decide to leave a legacy donation you can take advantage of our  Will referral services and our National Solicitor Network.
  • If you decide to leave a gift in your Will to Australian Red Cross, you are under no obligation to share this information with us. However we would find it helpful to know your wishes as it gives us the opportunity to personally thank you, and to plan for the future. Any information you share with us will be kept strictly confidential and will be used respectfully and appropriately.

Meet Bob

Bob has been a Red Cross volunteer at our Young Parents Program since 2003. He sees leaving a bequest as another way he can ‘do his bit’ to help people who are having a rough time

Help making or changing your Will

If you need help changing your Will or making a new one, we can help you find a reputable solicitor through the National Solicitor Network.

Everything you need to know

From the wording of your Will to the types of gift you could choose to bequest, we’ll give you all the essential information.

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