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Leaving a legacy: Your questions answered

At Christian Aid we know that a legacy is not just a financial gift, but a gift of trust. And one that we truly value. If you’d like to discuss any aspect of Will making or charitable legacies in person, then please feel free to contact Alison or Kerry in total confidence.

We’re here to answer your questions.

In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

 

Will Writing Guide Making a Will is the only way you can be sure your wishes are followed after you die – it is an opportunity to provide for the people and causes you care about in your lifetime. If you do not have a Will it can cause additional distress for your family and friends at what is already a difficult time.

 

Download our Will guide (2.5MB PDF)

We strongly recommend that you use a qualified solicitor. A professional can help you think through all of your considerations and ensure that your wishes are met. Any error in a Will can cause problems or even make the whole Will invalid.

Make sure you keep it up to date. If there has been a birth, death, marriage or divorce in your family, it could be important to review your Will. Adding Christian Aid to an existing Will can often be done cheaply and simply with a legal document called a codicil. 

Download our draft codicil

In England & Wales registered charity number 1105851, Christian Aid, PO Box 100, London, SE1 7RT.

In Scotland registered charity number SC039150, Christian Aid, First floor Sycamore House, 290 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JR.

In Northern Ireland registered charity number XR94639, Christian Aid, Linden House, Beechill Business Park, 96 Beechill Road, Belfast BT8 7QN.

You should also advise your solicitor on the type of gift you wish to leave – you can find this information below.



writing A specific gift is a possession or item such as jewellery, property or shares.

A pecuniary gift is a financial donation of a fixed amount. The trouble with this is it will depreciate during the course of your lifetime due to inflation.

That’s why many of our supporters choose to leave a residuary gift.

This is a gift of all or part of what remains of your estate once your other wishes have been met.

Here is some sample wording for your solicitor:

Specific gift

I give to Christian Aid of [full address according to location you are writing your Will] Charity Registration Number: XXXXX [according to location you are writing your Will] [description of items] absolutely for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.

Pecuniary gift

I give to Christian Aid of [full address according to location you are writing your Will] Charity Registration Number: XXXXX [according to location you are writing your Will] the sum of £...[amount in words] for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

Residuary gift

I give to Christian Aid of [full address according to location you are writing your Will] Charity Registration Number: XXXXX [according to location you are writing your Will] [proportion of residue] for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.  



Just over 10 per cent of everything we do is funded by legacies. However large or small, your gift will be used to support our work fighting poverty and transforming lives.

Generally supporters choose to leave a gift to our work in general, allowing us to use their gift wherever the need is greatest.

However if there is a particular aspect of our work you are passionate about, please contact us and we’d be happy to discuss in more detail the areas of work your legacy could support.

In most cases, your gift to Christian Aid will be exempt from inheritance tax and so can help to reduce the tax burden on your friends or family.

Your solicitor will be able to advise you on how to make your Will as tax efficient as possible.

This includes explaining new rules that reduce the rate of inheritance tax for people who leave at least 10 per cent of their estate to charity. 



You don’t have to tell us anything. But if you’d like to, we’d love to hear from you. Many of our supporters have been telling us what inspired them to include Christian Aid in their Wills – and these stories are, in turn, a real inspiration to us!

 

Contact us

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Alison or Kerry in our legacy team by email or on 020 7523 2173.

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