Who are you leaving your money to? This woman’s legacy will amaze you 111



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For many of us who have family, it’s obvious who we should leave our money to in our will. But what if you’re a multi-millionaire who has no family? What would you do?

A 96-year old woman from Newcastle has just died and left a huge fortune to St Vincent de Paul and left many of us wondering about what we should do with our hard-earned cash when we shuffle off to the hereafter.

Lily Fardell was unable to have children and decided to do something to help other people when she died, so she left her fortune in her will to be used to help the homeless.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Lily’s property in Newcastle north of Sydney sold for $2.5 million and another $1.5 million or so is expected to be raised when her sculptures, antiques and furniture go under the hammer. The generous benefactor has been dubbed the ‘Fair Lady of the Hill’ for her altruism.

Which brings us to the question: Do our children really need all our hard-earned cash, or should we leave some to charity like Lily, so some people in desperate need receive a helping hand?

On a personal note, I know my partner plans to leave at least half his estate to his middle-aged children, one of whom is a millionaire several times over. However, I secretly wish he wouldn’t, and that he distributes it around a bit more to include some worthwhile causes.

Who are you going to leave your money to in your will? Will you leave it all to your relatives or will you include a charity like Lily?

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  1. For young ones today to do further study they are coming out of Uni with a dept of tens & tens of thousands of dollars to pay back even before they start their work life ( we had it so much easier) so what ever is left it will go to my grandchildren to go toward further education because god knows how much more expensive it will be in the future.

  2. Ah, I’m going to do my best to spend as much as I can before I die. so I will have to do more fishing trips to exotic spots. One of the young blokes I fish with is getting my fishing gear, boats, motorcycles, motorvehicles and workshop contents. I haven’t finalised what I doing with the rest.

  3. I have very little and my children have forgotten I am alive so what I have, I will spend – on me.

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  4. We don’t have enough to get into “what will we do with our money” dilemmas, but if I was very rich, after I had provided for family, I would like to donate directly into some medical research and some life saving needed hospital equipment. I would love to give a large amount of money to the Shenton Park Dog Refuge too, they save hundreds of dogs every year and work so hard to find loving homes for these sad little dogs.

  5. It will be equally divided between our 4 children, if there is anything left after we pay for funerals and age care, if that becomes necessary. They have and still do a lot for us, so it will definitely go to them.

  6. My kids can have what I dont spendbefore I go , should be about 200 each the house isfor the grandkids storted

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