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Everything you need to know

We want you to be comfortable with any decision you make about including a gift to Red Cross in your Will.

We want to make sure you have all the information and support you need. Along with the information here, if you’d like to talk to someone about your decision, or have any other questions please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Your questions answered

Red Cross' National Solicitor Network offers a reduced rate from $165 to prepare a simple Will. We can provide referrals to qualified solicitors, who can help create your Will or update your existing Will at a reduced cost. Our referral program is only available to those intending to leave a gift in their Will to Red Cross. If your Will has more detailed provisions that require complex planning, it is up to the solicitor to determine the appropriate fee for your Will.

If you are intending to leave a gift in your Will to Red Cross and you would like to be referred to a solicitor from our network, please fill out the contact form below or call 1800 733 276

Each person has to have their own Will. The service cost is $165 inc GST per Will.

Do I have to leave a gift in my Will in order to use the Red Cross National Solicitor Network?

Yes, our National Solicitor Network referral program is available to those intending to leave a gift in their Will to Red Cross.

Including a gift in your Will to Red Cross, no matter how big or small, will help people in Australia and overseas continue to get the help they need during tough times. And at Red Cross, we believe in acting for humanity - and the power of people like you.  People who want to pass on the values that they hold dear and make a difference for those who are facing tough times, and leave a lasting impact for future generations.

We recognise that your first priority when making a Will is to provide for your loved ones. Many people find that even after they've done this they can leave a gift in their Will to charity. Leaving just 1% of your estate to Red Cross means those closest to you receive 99% but the causes you care about benefit too.

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

You can leave share of your estate
A good way to help is to leave a proportion of what is left of your estate after you have provided for your loved ones. This type of gift is (known as a residuary bequest) is easy to add to add to an existing Will without interfering with specific sums you have left to family or friends. It also has the advantage that it will not be affected by inflation. Leaving just a small percentage of 1 - 5% of your estate means, those closes to you receive over 95% but the causes you care about benefit too.

You can leave a fixed sum of money
You may wish to leave us a fixed sum of money (known as a pecuniary bequest). Please remember that this type of gift does not allow for changes in your circumstances or inflation.

You can leave a specific item
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.

While there may be a specific need for funding in an area now, projects that need funding and support will change over time. Your gift is much more flexible and effective if it can be used wherever it is needed most around Australia and overseas at that time.  

We realise that some people feel very strongly about leaving a gift to a specific Red Cross service. If you would like to discuss this further, we can ask a Gift in Wills team member to contact you. 

You are under no obligation to share this information with us. We do find it helpful if you do tell us, as it gives us the opportunity to personally thank you for leaving such a special gift to Red Cross.  

  • Any information you share with us is completely confidential.  
  • Knowing about your generous gift also helps us plan for the future. 

Red Cross advises that only by using a qualified legal advisor can you be certain that your Will is drawn up correctly and all legal rules of construction are followed. We can provide key wording to take to your own solicitor when including a gift in your Will to Red Cross.  

Meet Bob

“I want to pass on the idea of caring for others, Bob Ernst, dedicated Red Cross volunteer.

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