Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Gifts in a will

What are gifts in a will?

Gifts in a will are, by far, the most popular type of legacy gift. Also known as bequests, gifts in a will are popular for the following reasons:

  • You will help support Canadians living with MS without touching the assets and funds you need now
  • It’s easy to do by contacting your lawyer
  • You can change your mind at any time and amend or revoke the gift
  • It reduces the taxes payable on your estate as your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt for the gift

There are different ways to create a gift in your will in support of Canadians living with MS:

  • Specific bequest: a gift of a fixed amount of cash or a particular asset
  • Percentage share: a gift of a percentage of your whole estate
  • Contingent bequest: a gift that will take effect only in the event of the prior death of other named beneficiaries

Wording for your will

If you are about to have a will drafted for the first time or are considering making changes to your current will, your lawyer can include a bequest to the MS Society of Canada. The MS Society’s Board of Directors recommends the following language for use in your will:

I direct my Estate Trustee to pay the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada the sum of $____________ (or _____% of my estate) to be used for such purposes of the MS Society as its Board of Directors may from time to time determine.

Charitable Registration No:
National Office - 10774 6174 RR0001
Quebec Division - 104902523 RR0001

How do I create my gift in a will?

Creating your legacy gift is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Make an appointment with your lawyer
  2. Create or amend your will that reflects your wishes
  3. Contact the MS Society so that we may thank you for your gift

I’ve already created a gift in my will in support of Canadians living with MS

Thank you!! If you have already created a gift in your will and you wish to let us know about it, please take a moment to fill out our Statement of Intent form. Any information you provide will remain strictly confidential.


Click here to download our reference guide on gifts in a will, containing all of the information you need tocreate your own gift in support of Canadians living with MS.

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