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Make a Bequest

Make a Bequest

Below are two suggested wordings for including your bequest to DWDV in your Will. Format A is suitable for many estates and executors that are reasonably straight-forward. Format B is suitable for more complex estates or where an executor is likely to require a more formal process of discharging their duties.

If you are in any doubt, we recommend that you seek professional legal advice.


Suggested Bequest Wording — Format A

“I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the sum of __________________________________________________ (in words)

($ __________) to DYING WITH DIGNITY VICTORIA INC of 5a/602 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham, Victoria 3132, for its general purposes.”


Suggested Bequest Wording — Format B


“I GIVE to DYING WITH DIGNITY VICTORIA INC. of 5a/602 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham, Victoria 3132, the sum of ____________________________________________________ (in words)

($___________) for the general purposes of that Society and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Secretary, Treasurer or other proper officer of the Society for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge unto my Executor."

If You Already Specify a Bequest in your Will to VESV (our old name)
If your Will already specifies a bequest to the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Victoria Inc (VESV), you have two options regarding our name change:

Leave the Will unchanged. The certificate of incorporation of DWDV identifies it as one and the same organisation as VESV. Only the name has changed.

To make it easy for the Executor to execute your Will, you may include this document with it. However, you must not attach this document to your Will in any way. That is, do not use a pin, paper clip, staple, etc. Simply keep this advice form next to your Will.

Next time you update and replace your Will document, change the bequest name then.
In no circumstances should you attempt to simply alter the name of the society on your current Will (whether the changes are witnessed or not). Doing so may either completely invalidate the Will, or make it easily subject to challenge.

If you are in any doubt, we recommend that you seek professional legal advice.