How to leave a legacy

There are many ways to leave a gift in your Will. We highly recommend meeting with a solicitor who will be able to give you more information and advice about how best to give effect your wishes.

A couple of the most common ways of leaving a gift to charities in your Will are listed below.

 

Pecuniary Legacy

Pecuniary Legacies are a gift of a fixed amount of money. There is no minimum or maximum which can be left.

Suggested wording:
I give to the Animal Welfare Foundation, registered charity number 287118, of 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ the sum of £[insert amount in figures and words] for its general purposes.

 

Residuary Legacy

Residuary Legacies are a gift of all or a percentage of your estate to AWF after all pecuniary and specific gifts, debts, fees and other expenses have been paid.

Suggested wording:
I give to the Animal Welfare Foundation, registered charity number 287118, of 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ [insert percentage] per cent of my residuary estate for its general purposes.

 

Specific Legacy

Specific Legacies are a gift of a specific item such as land, buildings, stocks and stares, art or other valuables.

Suggested wording:
I give to the Animal Welfare Foundation, registered charity number 287118, of 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ  [insert description of item] absolutely for its general purposes.

 

Already made a Will?

If you are happy with the main provisions in your Will but want to make additional gifts you could make a codicil; a simple way to make specific changes or additions without affecting any of your earlier provisions.

Suggested wording:

I [name] of [address] declare this to be my first codicil to my last Will, dated [date]. I give [insert details of legacy] to the Animal Welfare Foundation, registered charity number 287118, of 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ for its general purposes.

 

Further guidance on writing your will can be found on the Law Society website here (for Scotland here and Northern Ireland here).