Having a Will is really important, and it's always good to start thinking about what you want to include in it early.
How do I leave a gift in my Will?
If you're planning to leave a gift towards our work in your Will, thank you for thinking of us. You'll 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)
If you’re handling someone’s estate, you may find our Guidance for Executors and Solicitors useful.
1. List your assets
Make a comprehensive list of everything you own and what it's worth.
2. Decide who gets what
Obviously, family comes first in your Will. But when you've looked after them, who else do you want to include?
3. Appoint an executor
You’ll need to make someone responsible for carrying out your wishes. Perhaps choose someone who isn’t a family member, to make things easier.
4. Writing your Will
What kind of gift is best for you and your family?
Generally speaking, we receive three types of gifts in Wills. Residuary, pecuniary and specific. Residuary gifts are the most useful to us. Even a tiny percentage of your estate given in this way could make a huge difference – and a residuary gift won’t devalue over time, unlike a fixed sum of money. Which type of gift in Will suits you best?
A percentage of your estate after debts, costs, liabilities, legacies and tax has been paid.
A fixed sum of money from your estate that you would like to leave to a person or charity.
A specific item that you own and would like someone to have. It could be of financial or sentimental value.
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's important to note that your intentions are made clear to those who read your Will and codicils.
Things to remember with a codicil:
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.
Keep it safe
Once completed, the codicil should be kept in a safe place with your Will, but not attached to it. It's recommended that a copy of your latest Will and codicil is kept safe with your solicitor, or a trusted friend or family member.
For complicated changes
We'd recommend that you consult your solicitor or have your Will rewritten for more complicated changes. We always recommend that you seek professional advice when writing a Will or codicil.
Thank you for making a cure for diabetes your life’s legacy
If you have any questions about how to leave a gift in your Will, please get in touch with Jacob and Jodi from our friendly Gifts in Wills team on 020 7424 1853/4, or email firstname.lastname@example.org