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How to leave us a gift in your will

Having a will is important, and you should give some thought as to what you want included in your will.

How do I leave a gift in my will?

If you are planning to leave a gift towards our work in your will, then you will need to make a note of our name, address and registered charity number:

  • Diabetes UK
  • Wells Lawrence House,126 Back Church Lane,London, E1 1FH
  • England and Wales (no. 215199) and in Scotland (no. SC039136)

Five simple steps to consider when writing your will

1. Make a list

Make a list of who you want to benefit from your estate, what your assets are worth and think about how you want to split your assets.

2. Inheritance Tax

Check if you will have to pay Inheritance Tax (IHT) by seeking advice from a legal professional.

3. Your beneficiaries

Think about protecting your beneficiaries and children under 18.

4. Executor(s)

Choose your executor(s) wisely, as they will ensure that your wishes around your funeral plans and will are respected when the time comes. Make sure that your executor knows where you keep your important documents such as your will.

5. Ensure your will is valid

Once your will has been written, make sure that it is valid and have your will reviewed regularly as your personal circumstances may change.

To ensure your will is valid, it should be:

  • Made by a person who is 18 years old or over
  • Made voluntarily and without pressure from any other person
  • Made by a person who is of sound mind – fully aware of the nature of the document being written or signed and aware of the property and the identity of the people who may inherit
  • In writing
  • Signed by the person making the will in the presence of two witnesses
  • Signed by the two witnesses, in the presence of the person making the will, after it has been signed. As soon as the will is signed and witnessed, it is complete.

How to leave a gift in your existing will using a codicil

The easiest way to make changes to an existing will is to add a codicil. A codicil is a document that allows you to leave a gift to us, by making amendments to your current will. You can have more than one codicil, but it is important to note that your intentions are made clear to those who read your will and codicils.

Things to remember with a codicil

1. Witnesses

A codicil must be signed by two witnesses, and the full names and addresses of the witnesses must be stated in the codicil. However, these witnesses must not be a beneficiary or a spouse of your beneficiary in the codicil.

2. Keep it safe

Once completed, the codicil should be kept in a safe place with your will, but not attached to it. It is recommended that a copy of your latest will and codicil is kept safe with your solicitor, or a trusted friend or family member.

For more complicated changes, we would recommend that you consult your solicitor or have your will rewritten. We always recommend that you seek professional advice when writing a will or codicil.

Thank you

By leaving a gift in your will towards our work, you're helping us build a world where diabetes can do no harm.

If you would like to know more about how to leave a gift towards our work please feel free to get in touch with the Gifts in wills team.

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