GIFTS IN WILLS
Leaving us a gift in your Will
A Will is the best way to take care of the ones you love after you die. It's a way of ensuring that people other than your blood relations can benefit from your estate. That could be your partner, if you're not married to the person you share your life with, step children or a good cause. Leaving a gift or legacy in your Will can be very simple, but it's important to get the correct advice.
By leaving a gift to us in your Will, you’ll be helping to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable children, helping them to develop, build confidence and self-esteem, as well as providing them with cherished memories to last a lifetime, supporting and transforming lives long into the future.
We're incredibly grateful for every gift we receive, big or small. Every bit of support helps us to improve the lives of brave children facing real challenges every day, from those coping with the effects of abuse to those trying to overcome physical and emotional challenges, or caring for a sick or disabled family member.
Leaving a gift in your Will to Happy Days is easy. If you need more advice, give us a call and we'll support you every step of the way.
Why leave a gift in your Will?
Life is full of twists and turns and none of us can be sure what the future holds. That’s why creating a Will makes good sense.
Making a will is part of sensible, sound life planning.
A Will is the only clear way to ensure your wishes are carried out after you pass away. It’s also your chance to leave a gift to both the people and causes that are close to your heart.
By taking a little time today to remember Happy Days in your Will, you will make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the UK, helping to ease their isolation, provide them with treasured memories and giving them the vital skills they need to face the future.
Types of gifts
This is a gift of a specific amount of money.
This is the gift of a specific item such as property, jewellery or other valuables.
A residuary gift is a remainder or a percentage of whatever is left from your estate once provision has been made for your friends and family. This type of gift is inflation proof since the proportion of your gift will stay the same over time.
What to consider when leaving a gift in your Will?
What does your estate comprise of?
What do you have to leave? Make a list of any property, mortgages, savings, possessions or even money you are owed before visiting your solicitor
Who would you like to leave gifts to?
List the people you would like to leave something to on your list of Executors and beneficiaries. This will include friends and family, as well as those charities you care about. You can bequeath personal items, as well as money or assets.
An Executor (or Executor Nominate in Scotland) is charged with carrying out the instructions given in your Will. It is common to appoint two Executors who you can trust, such as family, friends or professional advisers.
What type of gift do you want to leave?
If you would like to leave a gift to Happy Days Children's Charity, consider whether you wish to leave a residuary, pecuniary or specific gift.
Adding Happy Days Children's Charity to your Will
Firstly, thank you for thinking of us, your support is so vital to our work.
We understand that leaving a donation to Happy Days in your Will is a very personal and special gift. You do not need to inform us, however we'd love to thank you. You may also wish for us to use your gift to support specific projects or to help children in your local area, and we'd be happy to talk to you more about who we support and how you can help.
Please email email@example.com or call us on 01582 410094 to let us know about your gift or to dicuss specific ways in which it can support children in your area.
I give to Happy Days Children's Charity (registered charity 1010943) the sum of £...... to be applied for its general purposes, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer at Happy Days Children's Charity shall be good and sufficient discharge.
I give to Happy Days Children's Charity (registered charity 1010943) [write here the items you want to give] to be applied for its general purposes, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer a Happy Days Children's Charity shall be good and sufficient discharge.
I give all (or... share) of my estate (out of which shall be paid my funeral and testamentary expenses and my debts) [and any property over which I have power of appointment] to Happy Days Children's Charity (registered charity 1010943) and I DECLARE that the receipt of the Treasurer or appropriate officer
shall be a complete discharge to my trustees.
Ensure your Will is valid
Please note that making changes directly to your Will can invalidate the whole document. We strongly recommend, therefore, that you consult your solicitor. The wording of gifts may differ in Scotland - your solicitor will be able to advise you on the correct terms.
Any changes must be signed, dated and witnessed, and must refer to the original Will.
For further information on making or changing your Will and leaving a gift in your to Happy Days Children's Charity, please contact Christopher Fooks at Lacuna Wills on 07968 763866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for free advice or to arrange a consultation.
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