Give In Your Will

A world without liver disease could be your legacy

Leaving a gift to the Liver Foundation in your Will is a powerful way to help improve the lives of people affected by liver disease for years to come, and make sure we can continue to strive for a world where it no longer exists.

Like many people who choose to include a gift to Liver Foundation in their Will, you may have been affected by liver disease or have lost a loved one to liver disease.

Without these kind gifts, we would not be able to carry out our mission to fund research, inform and support patients and their families, educate GPs, and advocate for increased government funding for screening and treatments.

If you would like to discuss your own wishes, you can call us on 1300 4 LIVER (1300 454 837) or send us an email at hello@liver.org.au and someone from our team will be in touch.

Find out more about giving in your Will

Everything you need to know about giving a gift in your Will

Reasons to leave a gift in your Will

If you share our vision of a world without liver disease, a gift to the Liver Foundation in your Will could help us achieve it.

Every gift, large or small, will go towards making sure we have the resources to carry out long-term research projects, and plan ahead for our patient education and advocacy programs. With your help, we can find new ways to prevent and treat all kinds of liver disease and transform the health of future generations.

Types of gifts in Wills

We encourage you to discuss your wishes with the people closest to you before finalising your Will. After you have provided for them, you may want to consider leaving a gift to the Liver Foundation.

There are several types of gifts, which include:

  • Residuary: The remainder of your estate after all debts and expenses have been paid, and other gifts distributed
  • Percentage: A percentage of your estate
  • Pecuniary: A fixed cash amount
  • A specific sum of money or nominated asset such as a house or other land, shares and other investments, life insurance, works of art or other valuables
  • Alternate: in the event that your Executor is unable to distribute some part of your estate (for example if a nominated beneficiary passes away before you)

Leave a gift in your Will

What happens if you die without a Will?

Australian federal law states what should happen to your estate and your assets if you pass without a Will (intestate).

Your spouse:
Your estate automatically goes to your spouse. However, if you are estranged, inheritance is at the discretion of the court.

Your partner:
If you are not married, but have a live-in partner, they may not automatically inherit and can be forced to move out of your shared home.

Your children:
If you have minor children but no Will, (therefore no provision for them when you die), a judge can decide who is the best person to become their guardian.

Your favourite charities:
You may have told people that you want to leave a gift to your favourite charity. However, without a legal Will, this wish will be at the discretion of your executor.


How to prepare a Will

Your Will is an important document that must be properly prepared and executed. Making or updating your Will doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, but we recommend that you seek legal advice to ensure that your wishes are met.

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How to include the Liver Foundation in your Will

A bequest is an instruction in your Will to leave a gift (money, property or other asset) to a specific person, organisation or charity.

Leaving a gift in your Will is easy:

  • Consult a solicitor if your estate is complex.
  • Make your Will or update it. Adding a charity is as simple as adding a Codicil to your existing Will. A Codicil is an extra document you can add to your will to change or add anything to your original Will. Seek advice from your solicitor if you wish to do so.
  • Include in your Will the type of gift you wish to leave to charity.

Suggested Will wording

This is an example of the type of wording you could use for any gifts you may want to include in your Will. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the specific wording for different types of gifts:

“I bequeath to Liver Foundation Limited (ABN 65 821 709 952) of PO

Box 8010 Camberwell North VIC 3124, <list the money or assets to be gifted or the remainder estate> for its charitable purposes but in the event this gift cannot be honoured, to the charitable organisation in Australia which my Executors consider most nearly fulfils the objects I intend to benefit.”


Get in touch

If you would like more information on leaving a Bequest to the Liver Foundation, please contact our team for a confidential chat on 1300 454 837 or email hello@liver.org.au.

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