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How to leave a gift

Why should I have a Will?

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 leave a lasting legacy and remember causes that have been important to you throughout your life. 


What type of gift can I leave?

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

  • 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”)
  • A specific amount of money (sometimes called a “pecuniary bequest”)
  • A particular item – for example a painting, a jewellery collection, or a property

Who should write my Will?

You can write your own Will, or make an amendment to an existing Will using this form, however we recommend that you use a professional solicitor. 

We can help by providing 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 charity 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).

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