How to leave a gift in your will
We know that writing or updating your will is very personal, and you will want to provide for those you care about first.
But once you have done that, a gift of any shape or size will make an enormous difference to disabled people’s lives in the future.
Writing or updating your will
A valid up-to-date will is a legal document and it ensures the wishes you have in your lifetime are carried out when you die. If you don’t leave a will, the law decides how your possessions are passed on – and this might not be in line with your wishes.
Here are some simple first steps:
- Step 1 — Start by listing everything that you own.
- Step 2 — Decide who you want to leave things to.
- Step 3 — Finally, decide who you want to write it. (You can use the find a solicitor tool by The Law Society)
What types of gift can you leave?
- Share of your estate: After you have provided for your loved ones, you can leave a share of what remains to charity. This is known as a residuary gift.
- Cash gift: This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us, usually known as a pecuniary gift.
- Reversionary gift: This allows you to leave your estate (or particular assets) to a named individual. After they pass away, we would receive the share you originally intended for us.
- Gift in trust: You can leave a gift for someone to use over a period of time. When the time period has ended, that gift can be passed on to us.
- Specific gift: You can leave a personal item. This could be something like a piece of jewellery.
If your will is written by a solicitor, you're required to include the following details:
Registered charity no: 218186 (England and Wales) and no: SC005117 (Scotland)
Head Office address: 66 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL
You can speak to one of our Gifts in Wills Team. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you!
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By leaving a gift in your will, you too can make something wonderful happen in your name.
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