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How to leave a gift in your will



If you're considering leaving a gift to Cancer Council in your will, we would love to talk to you and hear about the areas of our work you would like to support.

  • Family and loved ones should always come first.
  • It is easy to do - you can add a clause to your will pertaining to your intended gift or add a codicil to an existing will.
  • We always recommend you seek advice from a solicitor when drafting your will. The wording is very important and your solicitor can advise you on the different types of gifts.
  • It is an important step to talk to family and loved ones about your will. Communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out.
  • Give us the opportunity to say thank you. By telling us you have included a gift in your will we recognise you as investing in future supportive care services and vital cancer research that will support so many others.

We are grateful when people decide to include a bequest to Cancer Council. Bequests are a vital source of income and we appreciate every gift.

Making a will

I'm using a Solicitor:

If you need to make a will, it is best to consult a solicitor who is experienced in wills and estates. The cost to do this varies significantly, don't be shy to shop around and get an estimate of fees up front.

PDF Information for your solicitor

I'm doing my own will:

If your estate is not complicated you may prefer to create a will yourself. Cancer Council recommends you seek professional advice when creating a will to ensure your will is valid.

If you are kind enough to be including a gift to Cancer Council in your will, make sure you include the correct wording.

Updating a will

If you already have a will, the most cost effective way to include a bequest to Cancer Council is by adding a codicil - a short legal amendment to your will. Check with your solicitor if a codicil is appropriate for the updates you wish to make.

Wording for your will

Cancer Council Australia routinely forwards gifts in wills to state and territory Cancer Councils across Australia (ie. the state and territory you reside in). We do this to ensure your gift has the greatest impact in your community. The wording below will allow Cancer Council to respond to changes in knowledge, practice or treatments for many years to come.

Most of our supporters have chosen to include a gift for general purposes, if you wish to specify a specific purpose we would ask that you get in contact to allow us to honour your wishes effectively; we would ask you give us a call for a confidential chat.

Wording for your will

'I (insert name here) bequeath to The Cancer Council ABN 91130 79 3 725 for its general purposes

[Choose and insert the appropriate statement from the list below]

the whole of my estate
(insert number) percentage of my estate
the residue of my estate
the amount of $ (insert the value of your gift in cash)
my (insert name of asset)

free of all duties, and the receipt of the Secretary or other authorised officer for the time being shall be a complete and sufficient discharge for the Executor(s).'


This page was last updated on: Wednesday, August 31, 2016