How to leave a gift in your will
If you are considering leaving a gift to Cancer Council in your will, we would love to talk to you, discuss some of the options available and hear about the areas of our work you would like to support.
- We appreciate family and loved ones should always come first.
- We believe it is an important step to talk to family and loved ones about your will – communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out.
- We also understand that circumstances change and respect your decision to alter your will at any time.
We are so grateful when people decide to include a gift to Cancer Council SA. Every gift in a will makes up a vital part of our investment in beating cancer in South Australia.
Your will is an important document that must be properly prepared and executed. A bit of preparation will save you time, money and help you decide if you need to use a solicitor or if you can do it yourself.
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.
You can search for solicitors in your area via the Law Society SA website.
I’m doing my own will:
If your estate is not complicated you may prefer to create a will yourself. Cancer Council SA 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 SA in your will, please ensure you include the correct wording below.
Wording of will – expand to copy/paste
"I (insert name here) give to the Anti-Cancer Foundation South Australia ABN 31 469 615 538 for its general purposes (or name a specific purpose, such a research, patient and support care services, cancer prevention programs – please call us to discuss 08 8291 4276)
[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 Anti-Cancer Foundation South Australia will be sufficient discharge to my Executor/Trustee and I declare the my Executor/Trustee shall not be responsible for seeing to the application of that gift”.
Updating a will:
If you already have a will, the most cost effective way to include a gift to Cancer Council SA 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. Adding a codicil could be as simple as an email exchange with your solicitor and popping into their office to sign the amendment.
It is important to remember:
- Notify family and loved ones that you are updating your will – communication will ensure your final wishes are carried out.
- Include the correct wording to make sure your gift is received and used as you intended.
There are three types of gifts you can leave in your will:
- A share of your estate – this is a percentage of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid. These gifts are very important to us as they usually maintain their value or increase over time. This also means you’re less likely to need to amend it in the future.
- A specific sum – this is a gift of a set amount of money.
- A specific item – this could be any assets of value that you own such as property, shares or jewellery.
You can decide whether you want to specify how your gift is used, or simply trust us to put your gift to its very best use.
Most of our supporters choose to include a gift for ’general purposes’ but it is possible to specify how your gift is spent. Many of our supporters have been touched by cancer themselves, and so you may wish your estate to be invested in an area of personal interest, or in tribute to a loved one who may have been lost to cancer. To allow us to honour your wishes effectively please give us a call for a confidential chat.
We believe is it 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 Cancer Council SA is important to you and advise any executors and guardians of your wishes.
“If you have left a gift in your will to Cancer Council SA, please do let us know. Getting in touch will help our team to plan research investment for a future where we are stronger than cancer.”
By investing in a brighter future for countless others, you are creating an irreplaceable legacy and giving the gift of hope.
Hope for better ways to detect and treat cancer, hope for empowering people to reduce their own cancer risk, and hope for compassionate and practical support, to get people through the immense challenges that come with a diagnosis.
If you have chosen to give this invaluable gift, please let get in touch so that we can ensure that future plans will make the most of your generosity.”
We ask that you contact us to let us know of your intended gift. Your notification helps us by:
- Providing assurance of future investment into cancer research and support programs
- Allowing us to communicate personally with you and focus on the programs that interest you
- Enabling us to provide you with information about annual financial outcomes, research breakthroughs and new research program initiatives
- Enabling us to invite you to exclusive events with our dedicated researchers and support staff.
When you leave a gift to Cancer Council you are giving a very special gift; hope for a world free from cancer. By leaving a gift in your will, you’re also joining a very special group of people, we like to call it the Daffodil Circle.
You can notify us via a simple form or calling the bequest team.
Thank you for your consideration. Together, we'll work towards a cancer free future.