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29th November 2023

Write your will for free on us

Writing a will is an important way to make sure that your wishes are carried out beyond your lifetime. You can make sure that your loved ones are taken care of, and you may also choose to support a cause that is important to you.

Brighter Lives has partnered with Gathered Here, to provide a 100% free will-writing service. It only takes about ten minutes and is one thing you can tick off your 'life' admin. 

What's the catch? There isn't one. The online will platform is designed to make charitable giving as easy as possible. You don't have to donate anything to us to use the service, but we are hoping you consider leaving something behind as your legacy. 

Click the link below to write your will today:

Write your will

Read about Brighter Lives Grants and Gifts Officer, Bec's experience with writing an online will: 

Seventy per cent of Australians don’t have a will and until recently, I was one of those people.

As a mother of one, I just assumed with one child, it would all go to her, and that is that. That was before I started my new role as a part-time Grants and Gifts Officer for Brighter Lives, Townsville Hospital Foundation.

To help find my feet in this role, I researched subjects like philanthropy, bequests, gifts and wills and their role in supporting hospital charities like ours.

I soon learned that writing one isn’t just one of those life admin roles we should dread. A will can be a show of character and an opportunity to leave your mark on the world while ensuring your wishes are followed.

Like the guy who left his estate to his wife, Matilda, in 1856 on the condition that she remarry so that “there will be at least one man to regret my death”.

There were also stories of people using their Will to ensure their wishes were precisely as they wished, like the grandmother who had her breasts done in her 60s and when she passed away at 80. She requested an open casket with her new breasts on display.

I learned about the popularity of online wills as opposed to a traditional visit to a lawyer or solicitor’s office. During COVID, many people turned to using online wills, which makes sense given the global uncertainty at the time.

After all this research, I decided that, yes, I needed a Will. I decided to test the online writing process myself, which was so simple.

For my funeral, I asked live original music to be performed at my service by my friends and most importantly I made provisions in my Will should I go before my dog, Marshall. Now a percentage of my estate is allocated to his care and keeping up his tasty bone supply.

Overall, the will-writing process has been quite liberating. I know now if anything should happen to me, my daughter will know precisely what will help her navigate this process without added stress.

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