How to leave a gift in your Will

Supporting blind veterans for life, regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight
Supporting blind veterans for life, regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight

We've written some plain and simple guidance about supporting us with a gift in your Will.

 

If you need any further information please request our legacy information pack or speak to a member of our Legacy Team on 020 7616 8365 or email legacies@blindveterans.org.uk

Using a solicitor

We recommend using a solicitor to make or change your will, so that your wishes are correctly taken care of. This could save lots of time and expense for friends and family when administering your will. Friends and family may provide a recommendation of a solicitor. You can also contact the Law Society to find a solicitor in your area.

 

Who do you wish to benefit?

Once your loved ones are taken care of you may wish to remember your favourite charitable causes. We hope that you will consider Blind Veterans UK if you decide to leave a gift to charity.

 

If you leave a gift to charity in your will, your gift will be free of inheritance tax.

Please speak to your solicitor for advice on how to limit the amount of inheritance tax your estate will be liable to. For more inheritance tax information visit HMRC.

 

What type of gift could you leave Blind Veterans UK?

     • A share in your estate - known as a residuary gift. This happens once all other wishes and administritive expenses have been met. This is probably the best option to leave to us as it is protected from the effects of inflation.

     • A cash gift - known as a pecuniary gift. It means a fixed sum of money, for example £10,000.

     • A specific gift - an item of value, such as jewellery, a picture or an antique.

 

The right wording

If you choose to leave a gift in your will to Blind Veterans UK then your solicitor will be able to provide you with the correct wording.

 

Click on the link below for some specimen wording for the most popular gifts that we receive. You may wish to take this wording with you when you visit your solicitor.

 

Some specimen wording

 

Have you already made a will?

If you have already made your Will it is important that it is kept up to date. It is important that the details and clauses still reflect your wishes, especially if there has been a change in your personal circumstances.

 

If you would like to add a gift to Blind Veterans UK to your existing Will, your solicitor can add a written instruction, which is called a Codicil. You may find our Codicil form helpful to do this. Please note that any changes to your Will must be made by a solicitor as you may accidentally invalidate your Will.

 

If you wish to make a lot of changes you may need to rewrite your Will. Please speak with your solicitor about doing this.

 

 

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