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A Gift in your Will
A gift of just 1% will make a real difference
We know that your first priority when making a Will is to provide for your loved ones, but many people find that even after they have done this they can leave something to a cause they hold dear.
Leaving the Limbless Association a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support us. It costs nothing during your lifetime but will have a powerful impact for years to come.
Why gifts in Wills matter
The Limbless Association supports the amputee and limb-loss community free of charge, regardless of race, religion, personal or financial circumstances.
We do not receive any government or lottery funding but nearly one third of the money we raise comes from people leaving us a gift in their will.
If the Limbless Association is to continue helping the limb loss community, it is vital that our supporters continue to remember us in this special way.
A gift in your Will, no matter what its size, can make a life-changing difference for future generations. You do not have to be rich to leave a gift to the Limbless Association. Your gift can be anything you choose, from a cash sum (known as a ‘Pecuniary Legacy’), or a part or the whole of your remaining estate once other gifts and expenses have been paid (known as a ‘Residuary Legacy’).
If you choose to leave a gift to the Limbless Association in your Will, your gift will make a real difference to those that need our support in the future.
Ways to leave a gift in your Will
There are a number of different ways you can remember the Limbless Association in your Will, depending on your circumstances. It does not have to be a large amount, because every penny makes a difference.
You can leave a share of your assets
A good way to help is to leave a percentage of what is left of your estate or assets, after other gifts (and debts) have been paid. This is known as a 'residuary bequest'. If you have already made a Will, but want to add a residuary gift to the Limbless Association, your solicitor can advise you on how you can do this without affecting the specific gifts you leave your family and friends. Also, inflation will not erode the value of residuary gifts over the years.
You can leave a fixed sum of money
You may wish to leave us a stated sum of money. This kind of gift is known as a pecuniary bequest. Alternatively, if you are concerned that inflation may erode your gift over the years, then it is also possible to leave an index linked pecuniary gift in your Will.
You can leave a specific item of value
You may wish to leave us a particular item (known as a specific bequest), which can be sold to support our work. It could be property or an item of value such as an antique or a piece of jewellery.
Your solicitor or other professional adviser will help you with the wording of your gift.
7 Step Will Planner
Making a Will need not be complicated. The following seven steps will help guide you through the process and save you time at the solicitors.
You can also contact us for a will planner/ template and worksheet. This takes you through simple steps and provides note taking space so you can pull together all the information you will need and prepare before you meet your solicitor.
1. What do you own?
Make a note of your assets and calculate their approximate value. The value of your estate will be your assets minus any outstanding money owed, for example your mortgage or loans.
2. How do you want to leave it?
Firstly make a note of who you would like to receive your property.
There’s no limit to the number of different gifts you can make. Once you have provided for your loved ones, you could also consider making a gift to charity to transform the lives of people in need. Even a very small percentage of your estate could make a difference.
There are 3 types of gift:
Pecuniary: This is when someone leaves a defined sum of money to charity in their will.
Residuary: This is when you leave a percentage of the remainder of the value of your estate in your will (after all named loved ones, money owing etc has been taken into account).
Specific: A specific item of value. Some people choose to leave a named item in their will to charity. This could vary from a vase to a house.
3. Choose the executor?
Choose who you would like to administer your will as executor(s). You can nominate a partner, close friend, or solicitor. People usually choose two executors.
There is no restriction on an executor being a beneficiary of your Will, but do remember to ask them first.
4. Guardians for young children
If you have children under 18 (under 16 in Scotland) or pets, it is important to choose and ask a guardian to look after them in the event of your death.
5. Meeting the solicitor
Request our will planner, fill it in and take it with you when you meet your solicitor. Your solicitor will discuss your instructions and advise how best to word the will. If you do not have an executor, your solicitor can also arrange this for you. If your estate is large, your solicitor will also advise whether you need to make additional arrangements for tax planning and will advise you of the costs.
6. Approving your will
When drafted, your Will will be sent to you to look over for approval. Any changes can be made at this point. Once you are happy with the document your solicitor will ask you to sign it in the presence of two witnesses.
7. Keeping your will safe
You can keep your Will at home or your solicitor may offer to hold it for you. Don’t forget to let your family know where it is and make sure it is safe.
Click on the document name to download:
Glossary of Terms - A glossary of legal terms you might find useful when making your will.
Codicil - A simple way to make changes to your existing will