Ring of Life

Inheritances and legacies

As a private charitable organisation, the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation does not receive government support to provide its services for people with a spinal cord injury. This means that it has to rely on private donations. There are basically two ways you can bequeath your estate: inheritances and legacies.

When writing your will, you need to adhere to legal requirements. These define, on the one hand, who is entitled to inherit and, on the other hand, the minimum you need to bequeath to the community of heirs (= compulsory portions). After this, you can dispose freely of the divisible portion (your remaining assets) as an inheritance or a legacy.

  • Writing a will is an extremely personal matter and is associated with significant decisions and legal requirements. 

    Your family situation will determine who your legal heirs are after your death. Your heirs will come first in the line of succession. Your spouse or your registered partner will inherit together with your heirs. However, the divisible portion provides scope for your own instructions.

    Look after your loved ones by dealing with the topic of estate planning in good time.

    Video clip: Paul (in German)

    The video clip of Paul below shows how the distribution of estate changes depending on the family situation and which requirements you need to take into account when writing your will in order to ensure that the will is actually valid.

    You will find everything you need to know about the topic on the information sheet. (in German)

    Tips about your will

    Make sure you adhere to the following points:

    1. Write it by hand
    2. Do not write a joint will with your partner
    3. Leave your estate to your partner
    4. Set up legacies
    5. Record advance legacies
    6. Nominate alternate heirs 
    7. Issue rules for the distribution of your estate
    8. Stipulate conditions
    9. Appoint an executor
    10. Store your will correctly

    Would you like further documents?

  • If you are interested in transferring your inheritance or in nominating the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation as a joint heir, partial heir or sole heir, you need to record this in your will, too. If you designate your whole divisible portion or parts of it as an inheritance, the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation will be included in the community of heirs.

  • In the case of a legacy, you leave all or part of your divisible portion to the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation. It is similar to an inheritance, but the foundation is not appointed as an heir. The amount of a legacy may not exceed the compulsory portions of the legally determined heirs. The heirs are basically responsible for paying out or handing over the legacy to the recipient.

  • You will find information here about how you can use your estate exactly as you imagine by means of donation funds.

  • The aim of our memorial wall is to thank the many people who have left us money in their wills. They are doing something unique with their donation and generosity. They are helping us to keep our promise to people with a spinal cord injury: “We support people with spinal cord injuries. Throughout their lives”. To demonstrate our appreciation, we have provided a special place on the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation campus for all the donors we were no longer able to thank during their lives. 

    Visualisation of memorial wall

    The memorial wall was unveiled in Nottwil on 4 April 2019. It is made up of 6669 small mirrored metal plaques that have been hung individually and are engraved with the donor's name. They move gently in the wind. The individual names of donors come together in a whole and reflect the overriding solidarity of the donors with people living with a spinal cord injury.


    The memorial wall was created on the wall of car park D. This is on the forecourt of the Swiss Paraplegic Centre immediately by the ParaForum. 


Thank you very much for your assistance!

Many patients with spinal cord injuries apply for direct aid from the Foundation. Even something as simple as the reconstruction of a patient’s vehicle or kitchen cupboards can go a long way in improving the quality of the patient’s life. 

You, too, can leave your estate to the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation in the form of a legacy or you can donate part of your inheritance.

With an inheritance or a legacy, you can support people with a spinal cord injury during their rehabilitation. With your estate, you can provide future prospects and help us to keep our promise to people with a spinal cord injury: to continue to stand up for the needs of people with paraplegia and tetraplegia and to expand our services – for the rest of their lives.

We look forward to hearing from you. 🤝

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