How to include a gift in your Will

Whether you want to update an existing Will, or you’re planning to write your first Will, leaving a gift to charity is easy to do.  An up-to-date Will ensures your wishes for your family and any charities you support will be clearly understood.

When you leave a gift to Life in your Will, we promise:

  • your loved ones come first – we respect that
  • we’ll use your gift wisely and effectively
  • we won’t put you under pressure.

Dying without a Will can create many problems for those left behind, at an already difficult time.  Here are some tips to help you make your Will.

How to get started

You may have a family solicitor you already use. Alternatively the Law Society have a ‘find a solicitor’ tool that you could use or, ask a relative or friend to recommend one.

If you are making your Will with your partner, you can make a ‘mirror’ (identical) Will if they are broadly the same.

Make a new Will

Before you begin the Will making process, it is a good idea to think about:

  • the main things you own – like a house, shares, endowments, savings or life insurance policies – and roughly what they are worth
  • who you would like to include – after you have looked after your loved ones, we do hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to Life in your Will
  • who your executor(s) will be
  • what kinds of gifts you want to leave the people and charities you care about – items like a house or valuables (called ‘specific’ gifts), or money (which includes both ‘pecuniary’ and ‘residuary’ gifts)

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