Bequests may be made for the general use of the Society or for a specific purpose.
To avoid the risk of limiting those applying for funds where needed, the wording should be as general as possible, consistent with the intention of the Testator. If property is bequeathed to the Society, it would be helpful to include a clause allowing its sale, should this be deemed advisable by Yearly Meeting, beneficiary Meeting or Committee.
The following wording is suggested:
I GIVE the sum of $.............. (or 'my property at ..................') to #.............................................................
and DECLARE that the receipt of the Secretary, Treasurer or other proper officer shall be sufficient
discharge to my Trustee/s.
# Here insert the full name of the appropriate Meeting or Committee which should be checked with the Yearly Meeting Secretary.
Gifts bequeathed to THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (QUAKERS) IN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED will be administered by Yearly Meeting. If a REGIONAL or LOCAL MEETING or COMMITTEE is intended to administer the bequest, the will should refer to that Meeting or Committee by its full name.
In addition to making their wills, Friends are urged to think of making available further information which may be helpful to others in the event of their deaths. Such information may include personal particulars needed for the registration of a death; names of persons who should be informed; any wishes as to burial or cremation (subject to any legal requirements); arrangements for the donation of organs, or of the whole body, for medical purposes; where the will may be found; the names and addresses of the executors; any information which could be of help to the executors; biographical information for a possible obituary notice.
Regional Meetings may like to designate a place where such information can be held in safe keeping for Friends.