How to leave a gift in your Will

Leaving a gift to the Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division in your Will is straightforward, in most cases you don’t need to make a whole new Will, just follow these four easy steps:

1. Discuss:

After taking care of your loved ones you might decide to leave a gift to Cancer Society Division in your Will. It's best to discuss your plans with your loved ones so they are aware of the reasons for your decision.

2. Decide:

The best way to help those with cancer is to give a percentage (%) of your estate after your other commitments have been met. You can choose a percentage that works for you, and your assets will be divided as you intended.

3. Plan:

Speak with your solicitor. It is usually very straightforward to include a gift to us in your Will. If you have an existing Will you may just require a “codicil” that provides an update of your wishes.

4. Tell us:

We would love to be able to thank you for giving to us in your Will. If you contact us we will be able to keep you up to date with what's happening at Cancer Society.

You can contact us by phoning (03) 477 7447 or email  

We recognise that the exact content of your Will is private - so won't ask for specific details, any information you share with us will be held in complete confidence.

Some suggested wording:

I give and bequeath to Cancer Society of New Zealand Otago and Southland Division Incorporated ____% of my estate free of all duties to be applied to Research/General Purposes (select one). The official receipt of an authorised officer of the organisation shall be a complete and sufficient discharge for the Executor.

Please talk to your lawyer concerning other bequest options.