Why leave a gift in your Will?
Whether it’s large or small, when everyday people like you leave a gift in your Will, it creates a ripple effect that makes a big difference in the lives of people around the world. After looking after the needs of your loved ones, leaving a charitable gift (bequest) ensures that the legacy you leave behind is compassionate, meaningful and aligned with the values you carried through life.
How your Will can change lives
When you put Oxfam in your Will, your values and compassion will transform the lives of people all over the world, for many years to come.
Discrimination and injustice are major causes of poverty worldwide, and women and girls bear the brunt of it.Read more
First Peoples Justice
Poverty in Australia is just as harsh as it is in developing countries and it’s our Indigenous Australians who are among the most disadvantaged.Read more
The divide between rich and poor undermines progress against poverty. Inequality robs the poorest people of the support they need to improve their lives.Read more
We support those most vulnerable to the climate crisis, while fighting to protect the planet.Read more
How to leave a gift in your Will
How to write, update or amend a Will
It doesn’t take long to change the world. Our suggested Will wording makes it easy to get started.Find out more
Types of gifts to leave in your Will
Learn about the different types of bequests you can leave in your Will.Find out more
Legal help with a bequest
If you’re helping a loved one or client leave a gift in their Will, you can find out more here.Find out more
Frequently Asked Questions
We know it can be challenging to navigate preparing a will and leaving a bequest. We are here to help.
Why make a Will?
A Will leaves clear instructions that tell people what you want to happen to your assets after you die. It helps make sure that:
The people responsible for managing your estate know how you want your affairs to be handled
Any dependants such as children are properly taken care of
Your assets are distributed in a way that reflects your values and instructions
If you wish to bequeath a gift to Oxfam, leaving these instructions behind in a legal Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are followed through with.
We recommend that you consult a solicitor or seek legal advice when preparing a Will.
How to write a Will
Writing a Will can sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. In Australia, anyone can prepare a Will if they are over 18-years old and deemed to be of sound mind. For a Will to be valid it must be:
Written down – you can’t rely on verbally passing on your wishes
Signed and witnessed by two people who aren’t your heir or spouse.
Different States and Territories may have different rules, so it’s recommended that you check any relevant Government websites before you start to make your Will. You can choose to have a trusted professional such as a solicitor help you write your Will or you can write your own using a DIY Wills kits often found online.
To write your own Will you must:
Speak to a solicitor or legal professional if you have any questions about how to write your Will
Read example Wills available online to understand how to structure it and the appropriate language to use
Download or purchase a DIY Wills kit
Visit the Public Trustee site for you State or Territory to make sure that you understand the services available to you and what it means for life events such as marriage or divorce
Be very specific in your instructions and careful to include as much detail as possible. This avoids the possibility of misinterpretation or your Will one day being deemed invalid (Oxfam can help you find someone to help you write your Will if clear communication is a concern for you)
If you have a relative or business that is connected to you that you wish to exclude from your Will be very clear about this also
File your Will somewhere safe but easily accessible for your loved ones if they need to access it at a later date. Leaving a copy with a solicitor or trusted professional is also a good idea
Remember to update your Will every few years to reflect your circumstances
A Will gives you the power to choose how your assets can benefit your loved ones and adding a bequest to Oxfam ensures you leave a legacy that benefits people all around the world.