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A Gift in Your Will

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Wills - FAQ

How do I write my Will?

Writing your Will can be easier than you think. You will need to work out the value of your estate. This is all of your assets and an estimate of their value. You will also need to work out what you owe, such as an outstanding mortgage, loan or bills.

You will also need to decide who you'd like to benefit. These can be the people and causes close to you, like Turn2us. It's also good to decide who will act as your Executors.

Once you have all this information, you'll need to meet a solicitor or a professional Will writer.

We have a free guide on writing your Will with further information. Contact our Gifts in Wills team to request a copy.

Do I need a solicitor?

We would always recommend you visit a solicitor or a member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers to assist you with writing your Will. Wills are so important that most people prefer to have a solicitor involved to ensure their Will is legal and valid.

It saves time and money to be prepared before your visit and you can read our 6 simple steps to consider when leaving a gift in your will to help. We cannot recommend individual firms but you can find details of solicitors on the Law Society website or the Institute of Professional Will Writers website.

How much will it cost?

It depends on the complexity of your Will. However, it could cost between £100 - £200 for an individual Will and £150 - £300 for a mirror Will.

However, you might be interested to know that the Turn2us is part of the National Free Wills Network and can offer a limited number of simple free Wills to our supporters.

There is no obligation for supporters taking advantage of this service to leave a gift to Turn2us but we would hope you might consider it and we would be very grateful if you did.

What details do I need to include if I want to leave a gift to Turn2us?

To make sure your gift reaches us, it’s important that you include our full name and charity number in your Will. Our full name is Elizabeth Finn Care, trading as Turn2us. Our Registered Charity Numbers are: In England and Wales: 207812; and in Scotland No: SC040987.

Our current address is Turn2us, Hythe House, 200 Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6 7NL. “Registered in England and Wales No: 207812; and in Scotland No: SC040987

Your chosen solicitor or Will writer would be able to help further about where this should be recorded in your Will. 

What type of gift can I leave to Turn2us?

There are three ways in which your gift, big or small, could make a huge difference to future generations:

  1. A percentage of, or even all of your estate, once other gifts have been made. This is known as a residuary legacy.
  2. A fixed sum of money, also called a pecuniary legacy.
  3. A particular item, such as a possession, property or even shares. This is known as a specific legacy.

Can Turn2us help me write my Will?

We can't help you write your Will. However, Turn2us is part of the National Free Wills Network and can offer a limited number of simple free Wills to our supporters.

There is no obligation for supporters taking advantage of this service to leave a gift to the Turn2us but we would hope you might consider it and we would be very grateful if you did.

How would my gift be used to break the cycle of poverty in the UK?

Your gift could be used to help families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. It could help a mother caring for her disabled son; a family whose life has been turned upside down by redundancy; or an elderly widow with a chronic illness struggling financially. If you’d like to discuss in more details how your gift might be used, then please feel free to contact our Gifts in Wills team

A gift in your Will could be helping families create a future of hope. Together we will not only change individual lives but also create a society where everyone has a chance to live a life of happiness and dignity. Leave a Gift in your Will for Turn2us and help break the cycle of poverty.

Who should I choose as Executor for my Will?

The Executor of your Will can be anyone you trust to take on the responsibility and execute your wishes when you are gone. This is often a family member or friend. Alternatively, you can name a professional, such as a solicitor or an accountant.

You are free to name us as the Executor of your Will. However we are under no obligation to accept this responsibility until you have passed away. We consider each circumstance on a case by case basis to see if this is something we are able to undertake.

Acting as the Executor of an estate takes up the charity’s time and money, so we have to be sure it is appropriate to do so.

What if I don’t think I’ll have enough money to do this?

Any legacy large or small is gratefully received. However, if you are worried that you might not be able to provide for family and loved ones then perhaps you might like to consider leaving a residuary gift to Turn2us. This would mean that it will only be paid after all the other gifts you leave to your family or loved ones have been made first. 

What is Inheritance Tax (IHT) and does leaving a gift to charity affect how much inheritance tax is paid?

IHT is a tax payable on the value of any assets you leave (and certain substantial gifts made during your lifetime). Charities are exempt from IHT and Capital Gains Tax. You can find out more about how a legacy affects the amount of tax payable on your estate in our handy guide. Contact our Gifts in Wills team for a copy.

Giving a gift to Turn2us could reduce your IHT liability. Gifts to charities are 100% tax free and taken out of your estate before any IHT is calculated.

Under current law, if you leave 10% of your net estate to charity, it may reduce the overall rate of IHT you pay.

 

Can I have a say where and how I would like my gift to be used?

If there is a particular area of our work or regional restrictions that you would like to direct your legacy towards, then you can let us know in your Will. Though we cannot guarantee that the area of work you choose will still be ongoing when we receive your kind gift.

You may wish to add a clause stipulating that should this be the case, Turn2us can apply the funds where need is greatest.

Do I need to let you know if I’ve left Turn2us a gift in my Will?

You don’t have to tell us if you’ve left us a gift. However, it is very useful for us to know as it will help us to plan effectively for the future. We’ll also put you in touch with your own Turn2us Legacy Manager who can help update you on our progress.

The contents of your Will are personal to you and we would never ask to know the details. However, if you have kindly remembered us in your Will, we’d love it if you would let us know. We’d welcome the opportunity to thank you for this life-saving gift.

I’ve already written my Will. Can I amend it to leave Turn2us a gift?

Yes, you can ask your solicitor or professional Will writer to make amendments to your Will at any time. Depending on the extent of the changes you would like to make to your existing Will, it might be possible for you to use a codicil to make your amendments. You can use our Codicil form to update your Will.

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