Leaving us a gift in your will ensures that your support of our work lives on, helping us to help more people in need long into the future. The work we do is made possible through donations, fundraising and gifts in memory or in wills from our generous supporters.
We would like to thank you for your incredible support in considering leaving us a gift in your will.
This page will answer some of the questions you might have about leaving a gift, but you can contact us if you have any further queries or need more information.
If you already have a will in place, you can simply contact your solicitor to have your will amended accordingly. If you don’t already have a will, you will need to take the following steps and then have it all put in writing. You can use a solicitor, but some banks also offer will-writing services, and their are professional will writers. Ensure that whoever you use is licensed with the relevant professional body.
- You will first need to value your estate – this means drawing up a list of all your assets (such as houses, savings, pensions, investments, cars, valuables, etc.) and any debts (this is money owed, such as overdrafts, mortgages, loans and credit cards).
- Decide how you want to divide your estate, who you want to benefit from your will. You can allocate a percentage of your total assets, or you can specify if you wish to give certain things to particular people. You should be absolutely clear what you want to happen to your estate, and also consider what will happen if any of the beneficiaries (people you are leaving things to) should pass away before you. If you are allocating particular items, you may wish to specify what will happen with the remainder of your estate after costs are paid (legal fees, funeral costs, etc).
- If you plan to leave a gift to Borderline Support UK CIC you will need to provide our full details to your solicitor and express what you wish your gift to be.
- Choose your executors – these are the people who will deal with ensuring your wishes about your estate are carried out correctly. It is a big responsibility, so you should consider this carefully.
A will is a legal document, and it’s important that is is written and signed correctly – if it isn’t, your wishes may not be carried out as you have expressed. Once your will has been created, it must be signed in the presence of indepenbent witnesses, and should be stored safely – you can leave it with your solicitor, bank or the probate service. Ensure you let your executors know where the will is so they can carry out your wishes.