Things to consider

Gifts in Wills are our lifeline for the future. If you're thinking of including a gift to us, we promise to look after it with integrity and passion no matter what its size.

It's thanks to people like you that we have hope for the future.

Our promises:

  1. Leaving a gift is entirely your choice
  2. We respect your Will's a private matter
  3. Your loved ones always come first
  4. Your gift will have the greatest impact
  5. You can change your mind at any time
  6. We'll never pass on your details without permission

Top tips

We know that writing or updating a Will can seem like a daunting task, but it's much easier than you may think. Here are some of our top tips:

The most valuable way to give

While you can leave fixed amounts or specific items in your Will, percentage shares don't lose value over time. As little as 1% of your Will could help us accelerate research and one day find a cure.

It's the little things in life that can mean the most.

Dedicate your gift

You can give in memory, as a thank you or even dedicate your gift to one of our amazing Supporter Groups. It's a special way of ensuring their legacy lives on through our work. Let your chosen professional know you'd like to do this, and they'll sort the rest.

Use a professional

While in theory it's possible to draw up your own Will, even the simplest of Wills must comply with complex legal guidelines. Just one small mistake could end up invalidating the whole document.

We highly recommend seeking the guidance of a professional when writing or updating your Will so that it's legally recognised and your intentions can be fully carried out. You can then relax, safe in the knowledge that your loved ones and the causes you care about will be looked after.

Keep it up to date

It's a good idea to review your Will regularly to make sure that the details and clauses still reflect your wishes, especially if there's been a change in your personal circumstances such as marriage or divorce, a new arrival, moving home or a change in your financial circumstances.

Reduce inheritance tax

If your estate's eligible for Inheritance Tax, you can reduce the amount you have to pay by leaving a gift to charity in your Will.

If you're married and die leaving your spouse surviving then there won't be Inheritance Tax to pay if the estate passes to your surviving spouse. The estate is exempt up to £650,000. When your spouse dies then Inheritance Tax is payable at 40% above £650,000. If you're single or divorced then you can leave an estate up to £325,000 before Inheritance Tax is payable.

Under current legislation, people leaving 10% or more of their taxable estate to charity qualify for a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax at 36%. If you think your estate is going to be subject to Inheritance Tax it's worth discussing this with your chosen professional.

Codicils: avoid errors and disputes

While it's sometimes possible to make small changes to your existing Will with a codicil, creating a new Will is the best way to avoid errors or disputes. Codicils can be used to add gifts of a fixed amount or specific item only. Percentage shares are the most valuable way to give through your Will as they don't lose value over time, but cannot be gifted through a codicil.

Contact us for a codicil or to find out more.

Go the extra mile

If you'd like, you can request in your Will that you'd like donations to be given at your funeral instead of flowers. Of course, it's entirely your choice, but if you'd like to do so your chosen professional will be able to help.

Help us plan for the future

We know and respect your Will's a private matter but if you do decide to include us, you can help us better plan for the future by letting us know. And we'd love the chance to say thanks! Contact us at mygift@thebraintumourcharity.org or call 01252 749990.

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By leaving just 1% of your Will to us, you can ensure that your loved ones are looked after, while helping us accelerate research to find a cure.