Bequests/Gifts in Will

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When you leave a bequest/gift in your Will, you are leaving a gift that will last a lifetime.

We are immensely grateful for every gift we receive, whether it is a specific sum, an item, or a small percentage of whatever is left once you have thought about those close to you.

A bequest/gift in your Will is an investment in the future of the world’s most marginalised people.

Without a Will, your estate will be divided according to the law, which may not be in accordance with your wishes. It is therefore of great importance that you make a Will and equally important that it should be drawn up with the help of a solicitor to ensure your last wishes are met.

There are a number of ways that you might consider leaving a bequest/gift in Will to WaterAid:

A share of your estate or residual bequest
A residual bequest is a percentage of what remains of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been distributed.

Pecuniary bequest
This is a gift of a specified dollar amount. At the time you create or amend your Will, you can choose to leave a set dollar amount to WaterAid.

Specific bequest
A specific bequest is something of value such as an antique, painting, property, shares or an insurance policy that you choose to set aside.

Amending an existing Will?
If you already have a Will, you can amend it by simply adding WaterAid. A solicitor can help you complete a codicil, a document on which changes or additions are made to an existing Will.

How to word your Will
It’s very easy to include a gift to WaterAid in your Will. All you have to do is give your solicitor our full legal name (WaterAid Australia) and registered Australian Business Number (99 700 687 141). That is it. Your solicitor will do the rest.

We understand and respect that your decisions about your Will are private, personal and made after much consideration. We also understand that circumstances can change. You can change the content of your Will at any time. We will never pressure you to declare your intentions, though of course we’ll always be delighted to hear from you.

Our bequest promise to you

  • You are not required to inform us of your decision to leave a gift in your Will to WaterAid, although we would love to have the opportunity to say thank you and to keep you informed of the impact we are having and our plans for the future.

  • We understand that your family and loved ones come first.

  • If you remember WaterAid in your Will, we will use your gift carefully to achieve the greatest possible impact for communities we work with.

  • We will answer any questions you have, and we will keep you up-to-date with our work in the way that suits you – just let us know.

  • You can change your mind about a gift in your Will to WaterAid at any time.

Want to know more?

We are not entitled to provide you with any legal advice but can put you in touch with solicitors in your area if you wish.

Get in touch with our Bequest staff by phoning 1300 858 022 or emailing [email protected].