enfants_CICR_3Writing your will

Your will enables you to leave part of your estate to a cause you believe in. You can revoke or change it at any time.

How do I make a will?

The requirements for a will vary widely from one country to another. In Switzerland, for instance, a signed, dated, handwritten document, stating the place of signature, constitutes a valid will.

You should consult a professional, such as a notary public, lawyer, bank official or financial consultant, to make sure that the will says what you want it to and that it complies with the law, especially as regards the entitlements of family members.

How do I include the ICRC in my will?

Because the term “Red Cross” is open to a variety of interpretations, please make sure that you include your first name, last name, date of birth and address, as well as the name and address of the ICRC:

International Committee of the Red Cross
19 Avenue de la Paix
1202 Geneva

Please specify the kind of bequest and the item(s) bequeathed. Indicate the place and date of signature and, finally, please make sure you sign your will.

What kind of will should I make?

  • Holographic will: Written entirely in your own hand, this is the simplest kind of will.
  • Notarial will: Drawn up in the presence of two witnesses and before a notary or any other person empowered to do so, this document guarantees that your will complies with the law.

If you opt for a holographic will, you should take some precautions to ensure that your final wishes are respected.