For executors and solicitors

If you've been trusted to administer someone's will and they've left a gift to Leonard Cheshire you may have some questions.

If you don’t find the answers below, please get in touch with John our Gifts in Wills Administration Officer by legacyadmin@leonardcheshire.org or call John on 020 3242 0235.

We will do everything we can to help as we know that administering an estate can be a daunting and complicated process.

Guidance notes for Lay (non-professional) Executors

Information for executors where a will contains a legacy to a registered charity by the Institute of Legacy Management.

Read more about The Law Society guidance on probate here.

Paying a legacy gift?

All gifts in wills are looked after by our Gifts in Wills Team at our Head Office in Vauxhall, London. They are the only people authorised to give a proper receipt and discharge to executors.

Gifts restricted for the specific benefit of a Leonard Cheshire service or purpose should still be sent to this address. This enables our wonderful care staff to devote more of their time to their work. The Gifts in Wills team will of course make sure that the funds are restricted for the location or purpose specified in the will.


By cheque

Please make payable to ‘Leonard Cheshire’ and send to:

Leonard Cheshire
Gifts in Wills Team (Administration)
66 South Lambeth Road
London SW8 1RL

When you send a legacy cheque, we'd be very grateful if you could also include:

  • The full name and title of the deceased
  • Their last address – we want to be sure we don’t send any further mailings as we know this can be quite upsetting during this difficult time
  • The date of death
  • The Executor’s name and contact details
  • A copy of the will
  • The story behind the legacy, if known

Please be assured that your details as executor will not be added to any mailing lists.


Other ways to pay

If you'd prefer to make a payment by means other than cheque, please get in touch with John our Gifts in Wills Administration Officer by legacyadmin@leonardcheshire.org or call John on 020 3242 0235.


Gifts in wills and tax exemption

As a registered charity, we're exempt from inheritance tax, capital gains tax and some aspects of income tax. These exemptions apply to legacy gifts and estate administration, and can increase the value of a gift at no cost to any other beneficiary.

The rules are complex, so to avoid the estate paying more tax than necessary, please get in touch. Alternatively you may also find HMRC's website and helpline (0845 302 0900) useful.


Charity details

These details are required in all wills written by a solicitor. Executors will find this helpful when ensuring any gift left to the Leonard Cheshire reaches us.

Registered charity no: 218186 (England and Wales) and no: SC005117 (Scotland)

Head Office address: 66 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL

Our previous address: 30 Millbank London SW1P 4QD


Need more help?

Please get in touch with John our Gifts in Wills Administration Officer by legacyadmin@leonardcheshire.org or call John on 020 3242 0235