Preparing your Will

Preparing your Will

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Whether you are preparing your first Will, or updating an existing Will, it really isn’t difficult to do. 

It’s best to visit a solicitor to make sure your wishes for your family and any charities won’t be misinterpreted later on.

Different kinds of gifts

  • Residuary gifts are made from whatever is left over from your estate once gifts of money and specific items have been distributed. You can give the whole of the residue to a person or a charity like the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, or a portion of it.
  • Pecuniary gifts are specified sums of money. 
  • Specific gifts are possessions, for example shares, artwork, a house or jewellery items.

Tips to help you make your Will

Estate planning is about ensuring that your assets will be directed to the people and causes that you wish to support. We encourage you to seek professional legal, estate planning and financial advice. 

Adding a codicil to your Will

If you already have a Will you can still support the Institute by adding a codicil. Your solicitor or legal advisor will assist you to complete a codicil form.

Contact us

You may wish to advise us that you have left a gift in your Will to the Institute by:

  • Writing a letter to the Institute advising of your intention
  • Providing a copy of the codicil or your Will, or
  • Providing a confirming letter from your solicitor

Written information can be sent to: 

Anne Rady
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
1G Royal Parade
Parkville VIC 3056


All enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence.

For a confidential discussion about leaving a gift in your Will to the Institute, please contact:

Anne Rady, Manager - Future Giving
Phone: 03 9345 2929