Give a gift in your Will today, and make a lasting difference to vulnerable young lives
Making a Will is a great opportunity to think about what is important to you and to ensure your wishes are carried out. It’s essential, whatever your age, to ensure your family and friends are provided for and to ensure your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes.
For almost 150 years Spurgeons has been blessed to receive thousands of bequests which have allowed us to continue working with the children and young people who need us most. Over all these years we have continued our work with determination, professionalism and hope in the future.
Including Spurgeons in your Will helps us continue our vital work alongside these children, and help to make their dreams come true.
WHY MAKE A WILL?
- You have the opportunity to decide what happens to your property and possessions after you die
- You have the opportunity to provide for family, friends and charities
- You have the opportunity to appoint an executor
- You have the opportunity to appoint a guardian for any children under 18
- You have the opportunity to reduce or even avoid Inheritance Tax
Who should write my Will?
At Spurgeons we would always recommend that you seek advice from a solicitor who specialises in Probate Law.
What happens if I do not make a Will?
If you die without making a Will, you die intestate. This means your property and possessions may be divided against your wishes. The Inland Revenue can claim up to 40% of your estate as Inheritance Tax. Children under 18 may be put in care.
Won't everything just go to my spouse?
Strict rules follow if you die intestate. There is an order of who will inherit what, if you have children, your spouse may not inherit everything you wish.
Can I give money to Spurgeons in my Will?
We appreciate any donation left in your will but only by making a Will can any charity receive a request. You can leave the charity either a percentage of your estate or a set amount or a specific item. Leaving a legacy to Spurgeons is a great way to save on Inheritance Tax as well as supporting all our children and young people.
WRITING YOUR WILL
Why should I make a Will?
Making a Will is a great opportunity to think about what is important to you and to ensure your wishes are carried out. It is essential, whatever your age, to ensure your family and friends are provided for and your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes. If you don’t make one, the law will decide who inherits your property. Part or all of your estate might go to people you never intended to benefit. There may also be extra legal costs and higher inheritance tax to pay than is necessary.
How do I include a gift to Spurgeons in my Will?
If you do not have a Will then there are 3 easy steps to take:
1. Speak to a solicitor
We advise that you speak to a solicitor who specialises in Wills, probate and tax matters. They will be able to draft your Will so that it is legal and valid. The Law Society can help you find a solicitor in your area.
For more information you can visit the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor website [http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk], call them on +44 (0)20 7320 5650, or email email@example.com.
2. Decide who you would like to benefit
At Spurgeons we believe that you should provide for your family first. After this you could consider leaving a gift to the causes that concern you such as Spurgeons. Make a list of the people you would like to leave a gift to and any causes that you would like to benefit. It would also be a good idea to make a list of the things that you own and anything that you owe in order for your solicitor to work out the value of your estate.
3. Decide what type of gift you would like to leave people
A share of your estate which is known as a Residuary gift.
A fixed amount of money which is known as a Pecuniary gift.
An item/possession which is known as a Specific gift.
If you already have a Will but want to include a gift to Spurgeons you can complete a form called a codicil.
This is a simple way for you to make an addition to your Will or make changes without having to re-write your Will. However, if you are planning to make substantial or several changes then we would advise you to contact your solicitor.
If you would like to add a gift to Spurgeons to an existing Will, then please simply complete the codicil. Click here to download or contact our legacy team who will be happy to send you a codicil. The codicil needs to be signed and witnessed in the same way as your Will and kept in a safe place along with your Will.
Please note that you must not however attach your codicil to your existing Will by any means. It must simply sit with it. Any attachment such as a paper clip or staple could invalidate it.
Let us thank you!
Finally, we would really like to hear from you. Whether you are considering leaving a gift in your Will or if you have already included Spurgeons in your Will, we would love to know so that we can take the opportunity to say thank you and express our gratitude to you now.
Useful information for Solicitors and Legal Advisors
The full and correct name for Spurgeons is:
74 Wellingborough Road,
T: 01933 412412 F: 01933 412010
Our registered charity number is 1081182.
If we can be of any further help, please call the Legacy team on: 01933 417381