There are several different types of gifts you can leave in your Will. Your solicitor can advise you which types may be best for your individual circumstances, and you can find out how you could update it to include a gift to Veterans With Dogs.
A share of your estate. After you have provided for your loved ones, you can leave a share of what remains to charity. This is known as a ‘residuary gift’.
A cash gift. This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us. It's known as a 'pecuniary gift'.
A specific gift. A particular item such as a painting to antique jewellery.
A gift in trust. You can leave a gift for someone to use over a period of time. When the time has ended, the gift can be passed on to other recipients, such as a charity.
With an up-to-date Will, you can have peace of mind that the people and causes that matter to you have been looked after the way you choose. It’s the only way to make sure your wishes are followed the way you intend.
A Will makes it much easier for your family and friends to take care of your estate and be sure they’re acting on your wishes. Without a Will, the process can be difficult, stressful and time-consuming.
If you’ve got a Will, it can help reduce the amount of inheritance tax that needs to be paid on your estate.
If you and your partner aren’t married or in a civil partnership, you don’t have the same automatic rights as those who are married. You can make sure your partner’s looked after by naming them in your Will.
Without a Will expressing your wishes, your whole estate could end up belonging to the Crown or government. Write a Will to keep control.
It’s important to keep your Will up to date. If your circumstances have changed, it may be a good time to review your Will to make sure it still reflects your wishes.
For many people loved ones will come first, but we also hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to a charity like Veterans With Dogs. We receive no government funding for our work, so gifts from people like you make everything we do possible.
Depending on the significance of the changes you’d like to make to your existing Will, it may be possible to use a codicil to make your amendments. A solicitor can advise on the best course of action.