How to leave a gift

Leaving a gift is a wonderful way to carry on supporting the causes and values you have followed  throughout your life
Why should I have a Will?

Without a Will, the law decides how your estate is distributed, and therefore it may go to people that you never intended to benefit. Many people assume that, when they die, everything is passed to their spouse or partner -  but this is not always the case. By writing a Will you can have the peace of mind of knowing that your family and friends will be protected.

Making a Will is also a good opportunity to make a lasting difference and remember people and causes that have been important to you throughout your life. This means that you can continue to support your favourite charities like Julia’s House.

What type of gift can I leave?

There are several different ways that you can leave a gift in your Will:

  • You can leave a specific amount of money (sometimes called a “pecuniary bequest”)
  • You can leave a proportion of your estate, once all other gifts have been paid. This can be the entire residue, or a percentage of it (sometimes called a “residuary bequest”).
  • You can leave a particular item – for example a painting, a jewellery collection, or a property.
Who should write my Will?

Whilst you can write your own Will, or make and amendment to an existing Will using this form, we recommend that you use a solicitor. Getting your wishes written down professionally will save a lot of time and money for your family and executors in the future. If you wish, we can help by providing you with a list of local, qualified solicitors - and you may qualify to have your Will written for free by using one of the solicitors participating in our Free Wills Service

What information do I need to include in my Will?

Please include the full name, address and registered number of any charities that you wish to include. Ours are: Julia’s House, Barclays House, I Wimborne Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2BB (registered charity number 1067125)

Any other questions?

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions, or just get in touch with us - any discussion will be in the strictest confidence. Call us on 01202 644220, or email

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