Information you need to make a Will
If you are considering leaving us a gift in your Will – thank you! Such gifts are wonderful, and the benefits of your gift will live on for future generations.
To leave us a gift in your Will here is the information you need for your solicitor or person drafting your Will:
Chalfont St Peter
Registered Charity number 206186
Your adviser can agree the words and type of gift which suits your circumstances. It could not be easier.
The most usual gifts are:
A sum of money which can be any amount which suits your circumstances (called a pecuniary gift).
The other type of gift is one which is a percentage of what you are worth – formally it called a residuary gift. It can be 1% to 100% of your “estate” – again whatever suits your own circumstances.
Our promises for gifts in Wills
We fully recognise this is a private gift and that your circumstances might change in the future.
To reassure you that we value the private method of this way of supporting our work we have developed the following promises:
- We will not put pressure on you to give a gift in your Will – it is your decision.
- We will never ask you the size or type of gift if you decide to support our work this way.
- We absolutely recognise your loved ones come first in your Will.
- You never have to tell us your intentions – we respect your right to privacy
- We fully understand that personal circumstances change and there might be a time when you must take Epilepsy Society out of your Will
- We promise to use your gift wisely.
- If you want your gift used in a special way, we will honour your wish
If you want to tell us about your gift it does enable us to say thank you which we like to do!
It is so easy to do
All you have to do is phone your adviser and it can happen in minutes. If you do not have a solicitor, The Law Society can advise on solicitors local to you who regularly draft Wills – we are not allowed to recommend a particular solicitor.
The Epilepsy Society is not allowed to give legal advice but if you want to discuss your gift you are very welcome to contact us.
Please contact the fundraising office on 01494 601 1442.
Are you a family member with a relative living with epilepsy?
If you have a family member with epilepsy it can be incredibly important to establish a “Discretionary Trust” for that member. If this is NOT done and they receive benefit from your Will then it is entirely possible they will lose some, or all, of their statutory benefits.
Typically, the cost of such a trust is only £250 but it can protect the whole future for your family member with epilepsy.
If you decide this is a good idea, you can also draft Lasting Powers of Attorney. There are two lasting powers of attorney – one for financial decisions and another for health and care decisions. Again, it is important to take professional advice to make sure they are phrased to suit the needs of your whole family.