A bequest is an easy way to support St John. You can even decide how you want the bequest to be used. Many bequests continue to provide valuable support to our services, long after the gift has been received.
If you already have a Will
If you would like to include a bequest to St John in your existing Will, you can make a simple modification by adding a codicil (a codicil is a supplement to a Will that is intended to alter or modify it). To make sure your codicil is legal, we recommend it is checked and approved by a legal advisor.
If you don’t have a Will
A Will is an important legal document so it should be prepared by a legal professional. It’s important to discuss options and specific wording with your legal advisor to make sure your Will reflects your wishes clearly, giving specific guidance on how you want your assets and personal belongings distributed when you die.
Wording for a bequest
Here’s an indication of the accepted form of words that can be used to leave a bequest to St John:
"I give and bequeath the sum of $_____________ (or) __________ % of my estate, (or) residue of my estate, (or) property or assets as follows
free of all charges, to The Order of St John. The official receipt of the Chief Executive or other authorised officer of the Trustee is an absolute discharge to my executors."
With or without strings attached
You may chose to leave your bequest freely, i.e. ‘no strings attached’, so that St John can apply the funds in the areas where they are most needed, or you can specify where you would like the funds to be spent.
You can let us know about the bequest
There’s no requirement to tell us that you’re leaving a bequest to St John. However we would like to make sure that your generous giving is suitably thanked and acknowledged in your lifetime. Deciding to tell us about your bequest can also be a good thing if your Will is challenged. If we’re in a position to demonstrate that we have a relationship with you, your wishes are less likely to be amended by the court.
Strictest confidence guaranteed
Any bequest inquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence by St John. We will respect your wishes if you choose to remain anonymous.
Contact us about a bequest
If you would like to discuss leaving a bequest to St John or require further information, please call 0800 ST JOHN (0800 785 646), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the contact form.
Request a bequest brochure
If you would like to find out more about leaving a bequest to St John, we can send you our bequest brochure. Please call 0800 ST JOHN (0800 785 646).
We’re grateful for all donations. Amounts of $5 or more may qualify for a tax rebate.
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