Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about wills and leaving a gift in your will.

If you can't find the answer you are looking for, please contact:

Hayley Gallery, Philanthropy Manager
Call 0433 921 048 or email

By making a will, you can ensure that your money, property, possessions and investments (your ‘estate’) are passed on to the people and good causes that you've chosen. If you don't have a will, the state will decide how your estate should be distributed.

You can choose a solicitor or professional adviser to write your will.

Before consulting them, consider the value of your estate and decide what you would like to leave, and to whom.

You can also do a will online.

Writing a will may not be as expensive as you might think and it’s the only way to be as certain as possible that your wishes will be carried out. Solicitors can provide estimates on request, but the cost will depend on how complex your affairs are.

We know you love animals, and one of the best ways to help animals is to leave an unrestricted gift to World Animal Protection in your will. That way you can be sure your gift will always go to the animals who are most in need. If you’re considering leaving a gift to World Animal Protection and would like more info on a specific program or area, please contact Emma Larkin – see contact details above.

There are three main types of gifts you can leave to World Animal Protection:

Residuary legacy – a gift of all, or a percentage or fraction, of what’s left in your final estate after all the other legacies have been paid out and debts cleared. One of the advantages of a residuary legacy is that it’s inflation-proof so you’re less likely to need to update your will in the future.

Pecuniary legacy – a gift of a specified sum of money.

Specific legacy – a specified item or items. For example property, a painting or a piece of jewellery.

If you leave a specific legacy to World Animal Protection, your gift will be slightly reduced as it will need to cover the costs of valuing and selling the item.

To help your solicitor or professional adviser, we can offer suggested wording.

World Animal Protection will keep all details of your will strictly confidential.

It’s very helpful for us to understand why people make the once-in-a-lifetime decision to help animals around the world through a gift in their will. If you'd like to share your personal story or why you’ve chosen to remember World Animal Protection, we'd love to hear from you.

Personal stories like yours can be a great way to encourage others to think about supporting our future work in their wills. We would not make any use of this information without first getting your written consent.

Once a will is made, it's important to keep it up to date and account for any changes in your circumstances. For example, you may have married, had a child or grandchild, or moved home, or your financial situation may have changed. It's also advisable to reconsider the contents of your will every two or three years to make sure it still reflects your wishes.

If you are an executor with questions on how to administer a will that includes a gift to World Animal Protection, we have information that may be helpful.

Princesa the two toed sloth at the AIUNA sanctuary, Colombia
Wild asian elephants in Udawalawa National Park in Sri Lanka