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September is Wills Month

New Zealand marks ‘Wills Month’ in September, an annual prompt to create or update this all-important record of what you want to have happen when you die.

Having an up-to-date will gives you peace of mind that you have made the best plans possible for the people and causes you care about. You have made it easier for your family and friends to do the right thing when you die.

Nelson Tasman Hospice is a charitable trust and relies on the generous support of the community through donations and bequests.

The work of Nelson Tasman Hospice touches many individuals and whānau throughout the Nelson Tasman region. Choosing to remember Nelson Tasman Hospice with a gift in your will is the perfect way to help the region in the future. Truly, you will be leaving a lasting legacy.

We are sincerely grateful to those caring people who have made a bequest to hospice in their will. A bequest is a gift from your estate made through your will. It can be a specified gift of property or savings or a percentage of your entire estate. However, creating or updating a will can be a daunting prospect, especially if you haven’t had to engage with a lawyer before.

How do I make a will?

Since a will is a legal document, it’s important to seek the right advice and wording. A solicitor can help you prepare your will. If you have not yet made a will, this is usually a simple, inexpensive process and the benefits are enormous – both for the recipient charity and for your peace of mind knowing that your wishes have been made clear.

Consumer NZ has shared an informative article on the importance of creating a will, what will happen to your estate if there is no will, and explains the process of creating a will. 

Kiwi Families has an interesting article discussing your options for creating a will.

Public Trust have some helpful information on ‘Execution of a Will and Estate Administration’.


There are several types of bequests you can choose from:

Residuary – a gift of the remainder of your estate after provisions for family and other beneficiaries have been settled

Percentage – a percentage of the value of your estate

Pecuniary – a specific sum of money

Specified Bequest – a particular item such as a vehicle or a house

Please get in touch should you like to discuss leaving a legacy with Nelson Tasman Hospice.

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