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How to a leave a gift in your Will

Making a Will is one of the things that many of us put off. But it's an important step in ensuring the people and causes you care about are looked after. And with our free and discounted Will writing services, it doesn't have to cost a penny!

Whether you're creating your first Will or looking to update or amend an existing one, leaving a gift is simple – just follow these four steps.

Step 1: Choose which type of gift

You can leave a percentage share, fixed amount or specific item. Percentage shares don't lose value over time so are the most valuable way to give.

Step 2: Dedicate your gift

You can choose to dedicate your gift, or leave a gift in your Will, as a tribute to a loved one or one of amazing our Supporter Groups. Your Will writing professional can help you chose the right wording for this.

Any gift left to a Supporter Group will be invested into the area of our work that they support, such as paediatric high grade brain tumours, and will ensure that they can continue to help us speed up the life-saving breakthroughs that are so urgently needed.

Dedicating a gift in your Will offers a special tribute while helping us accelerate a cure. We promise to celebrate the lives of those who inspire us every day.

Step 3: Speak to your professional

We always recommend finding a professional to write or update a Will, so you can ensure it's legally recognised. But we can help with this! (See below)

Step 4: Remember to let us know

You don’t need to tell us how much you plan to leave, but we’d love to be able to say thank you! If you’d like to let us know about your gift, please email mygift@thebraintumourcharity.org

Will writing services

We're pleased to offer free and discounted Will writing services to our supporters. If you're thinking of including a gift to us, thank you. We promise to look after it with integrity and passion, no matter what its size.

Free service: meet with a local solicitor

We offer free Will writing services through the National Free Wills Network, a network of over 700 local law firms offering Will writing services to supporters of UK charities. The network aims to have a participating solicitor within 15 miles of every applicant.

To use this service:

  1. Let us know your full name and address by email.
  2. The National Free Wills Network will then be in contact by post, with details of local solicitors.
  3. Choose a solicitor from the list and arrange an appointment.
  4. Once you've had your meeting, you'll be asked to complete a Confidential Declaration Form where you can tell us if you've included a gift in your Will, but there's absolutely no obligation to do so.

Discounted service: meet with a trained counsellor at a location of your choice

We offer discounted Will writing services through The Goodwill Partnership

To use this service:

  1. Visit The Goodwill Partnership website or call them on 0844 669 6148.
  2. A trained counsellor from the Goodwill Partnership will come to your home or location of choice at a time convenient to you, including evenings and weekends, to take your Will instructions. (This can also be done over the telephone).
  3. Your Will would then be presented to you by a panel firm of solicitors.
  4. This home service would usually cost between £250-£450 but just £130 through the Goodwill Partnership.

Alternative services

If you'd like to use an alternative service but can't find someone to help, contact us or use The Law Society's 'Find a Solicitor' service.

What is a discretionary trust?

If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumour, or are caring for a person with a brain tumour, a discretionary trust allows you to ensure that, whatever your circumstances, a part of what you own will go towards the future benefit of your loved ones.

Similar to writing a Will, a discretionary trust is a legal arrangement which allows you to distribute what you own for the benefit of your loved ones. However, there are some important differences between a Will and a discretionary trust.

A discretionary trust allows you to set aside assets (trust fund) and are controlled by trustees, whom you appoint. In the event of your death, the trustees have the right to decide when and how the trust fund will be used to benefit your chosen beneficiaries. Once you have created a discretionary trust, it is highly unlikely that you would be able to cancel it or to revoke any assets placed in it. They are under the management of appointed trustees whose legal responsibility is to use the trust fund for the benefit of the beneficiaries.

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal arrangement which allows you to appoint a person (or persons) who, if needed, will make important decisions in the future on your behalf.

An LPA can offer you the reassurance of knowing that if such a time should come, the person making those decisions will be someone you trust. It is a way of appointing a person (known as an attorney) to make decisions on your behalf in circumstances you specify.

There are two types of LPA you can apply for:

  • The property and financial affairs LPA. This allows the attorney to make decisions on your behalf about your property and finances.
  • The health and welfare LPA. This allows your attorney to make decisions on your behalf about where you live and the treatment you receive.

In order to apply for one or both types of LPA, you must be over 18 and have mental capacity to make your own decisions. On the application forms you can specify when you want the attorneys to be able to start taking decisions from.

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