How to include a gift in your will to PA Research Foundation

An up-to-date Will ensures your property, savings and possessions go to the people and/or charities that you care about. Dying without a Will can create many problems for those left behind, at a very difficult time.

You may already have a family solicitor. If not, a relative or friend may be able to recommend one. Or you can write your Will with our Free Wills Service.

Before you begin, it is a good idea to consider: 

What you own of value and roughly what the value is – like a house, shares, savings or superannuation

Who you would like to include – after you have looked after your loved ones, we do hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to PA Research Foundation in your Will

Who will be your executor(s) – An executor is the person responsible for administering an estate as wished by the person who passed away, through their will and the Succession Act 1981.

What kinds of gifts you want to leave the people and charities you care about – items like a house or valuables (called ‘specific’ gifts), or money (which can include a specific amount or the residual of your estate once your loved ones have been looked after)


It is important to keep your Will up to date, and you can do this though our Free Wills Services (click through to the ‘contact our gifts in will team member’ where there is an online form)

It is a good idea to review your Will if your circumstances change – for example getting married or having children. Before you update your Will, it is a good idea to consider:

What you own of value and roughly what the value is – like a house, shares, savings or superannuation

Who you would like to include – after you have looked after your loved ones, we do hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to PA Research Foundation in your Will

Who will be your executor(s) – An executor is the person responsible for administering an estate as wished by the person who passed away, through their will and the Succession Act 1981.

What kinds of gifts you want to leave the people and charities you care about – items like a house or valuables (called ‘specific’ gifts), or money (which can include a specific amount or the residual of your estate once your loved ones have been looked after)

Writing your Will can seem overwhelming, but we can make it easier to create or update your Will, for free. We have special services that allow you to make your Wills for free, which you can do in person, via phone or online. We hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to PA Research Foundation after providing for your loved ones.

Find out how to make your Will for free Wills


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to be wealthy to leave a gift in my Will?

Not at all. Gifts in Wills can pay for lots of things required by PA Hospital – medical equipment, research, and smaller items that benefit patient wellbeing. So whether your gift is large or small – you can be sure we will use it to benefit our patients.

And if you arrange your gift to PA Research Foundation as a residuary gift, it will only be paid out after all the other gifts you leave to your family or friends have been made.

2. What types of gifts can I leave?

A residual gift is where you can nominate to leave what is left of your estate, after provisions have been made for family and friends. You can give the whole of the residue or a portion of it to a person or a charity like PA Research Foundation.

A percentage bequest is where you can leave a specified percentage of your total estate. You can leave a percentage bequest to a person or a charity like PA Research Foundation.

A specific bequest is a nominated amount of money, property, stocks, shares or insurance. You can leave a specific bequest to a person or a charity like PA Research Foundation.

Your solicitor can explain this in more detail.

3. Can I choose how my gift is spent?

Most people leave their gift to PA Research Foundation without specific conditions so that it can be used wherever it is most needed and will have the greatest effect at PA Hospital. It can be difficult to know what the greatest area of need will be in 5, 10 or 20 years.

If you want your gift to be used in an area of healthcare that is important to you, we can arrange this. For example, cancer service.

4. Wouldn’t it be better to help now rather than later?

Both are great. Many people who leave a gift in their will to PA Research Foundation also give now or volunteer at the hospital. Others use a gift in their will to help for the first time.

5. What will my family think?

Your Will is personal and a reflection of what is important to you, and for most people that is their family and friends. Your loved ones come first – we respect that.

Putting a gift in your Will to charity doesn’t stop you doing that, especially if the gift is from whatever is left over after all your gifts to family have been made.

We find that most families are proud of the gifts their loved ones leave to PA Research Foundation.

6. Do I need to tell PARF if I’m leaving a gift?

You don’t have to tell us – we respect your right to privacy. But if you would like to let us know that you have included PA Research Foundation in your will that would be wonderful. We would love to say thank you, and to keep you informed and involved with the hospital.

7. What if I change my mind?

We appreciate that circumstances can change. If you would like to change your mind about leaving a gift in your Will you can do so.

8. What is an executor?

The executors of your Will are the people who administer it when you are gone. They inform all beneficiaries about their gifts and settle your debts.

It is important that you can trust them, and they need to be prepared to take on this responsibility.

You can name a family member (including someone benefiting from your Will) or a friend.

Or you can use a professional like an accountant or solicitor (who will normally require payment from your estate). Or, if you prefer, a combination of relatives, friends and professionals.

9. How do I change or add to an existing Will?

If you want to make a change to an existing Will, you can do this easily through your solicitor.

Under no circumstances should you write on an existing Will itself.

Or you can simply rewrite your Will for free using our Free Wills Service

Contact us for Free Will Service information