A gift in your Will could help us train more life-changing assistance dogs for our Veterans
Leaving a legacy gift in your Will
There are several different types of gifts you can leave in your Will. Your solicitor can advise you which types may be best for your individual circumstances, and you can find out how you could update it to include a gift to Veterans With Dogs.
What types of gift can you leave?
A share of your estate. After you have provided for your loved ones, you can leave a share of what remains to charity. This is known as a ‘residuary gift’.
A cash gift. This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us. It's known as a 'pecuniary gift'.
A specific gift. A particular item such as a painting to antique jewellery.
A gift in trust. You can leave a gift for someone to use over a period of time. When the time has ended, the gift can be passed on to other recipients, such as a charity.
5 good reasons to make a Will
1. Make sure your wishes are followed
With an up-to-date Will, you can have peace of mind that the people and causes that matter to you have been looked after the way you choose. It’s the only way to make sure your wishes are followed the way you intend.
2. Make it easier on friends and family
A Will makes it much easier for your family and friends to take care of your estate and be sure they’re acting on your wishes. Without a Will, the process can be difficult, stressful and time-consuming.
3. Help to minimise inheritance tax
If you’ve got a Will, it can help reduce the amount of inheritance tax that needs to be paid on your estate.
4. Protect the rights of your partner
If you and your partner aren’t married or in a civil partnership, you don’t have the same automatic rights as those who are married. You can make sure your partner’s looked after by naming them in your Will.
5. Give your assets to the people and causes you love most
Without a Will expressing your wishes, your whole estate could end up belonging to the Crown or government. Write a Will to keep control.
3 Step Will Process
Prepare your information
It’s important to keep your Will up to date. If your circumstances have changed, it may be a good time to review your Will to make sure it still reflects your wishes.
Review who you would like to include
For many people loved ones will come first, but we also hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to a charity like Veterans With Dogs. We receive no government funding for our work, so gifts from people like you make everything we do possible.
Decide who should write your Will
Depending on the significance of the changes you’d like to make to your existing Will, it may be possible to use a codicil to make your amendments. A solicitor can advise on the best course of action.