Leave a Legacy

A gift in your will to Facial Palsy UK will help us give even more people the chance to smile…

A will is your gift to the people and causes that are most important to you during your lifetime. It is also the only legally recognised way to ensure that your wishes are carried out after you pass away.

Remembering Facial Palsy UK in your will can make a significant impact, helping to improve the lives of adults and young people with facial palsy. Charitable legacies are exempt from inheritance tax, meaning that every penny you leave to us will go towards giving people with facial palsy the best possible treatment and care.

What are common types of legacy gifts?

There are different ways in which you can leave a legacy gift to Facial Palsy UK, these include:

  • A residuary legacy is when a person bequeaths a percentage or remainder of their estate rather than a set amount. It is a good way to ensure your loved ones are taken care of first, while still leaving a gift to your chosen charity. By specifying a percentage, you don’t need to keep changing your will as circumstances change, and your legacy keeps up with inflation.
  • A pecuniary legacy is a set sum of money. The value of a pecuniary legacy will decrease over time, as the cost of living increases, and we would advise you consult a solicitor regarding the best option for your particular circumstances.
  • A specific legacy is a gift of a specific item such as property, jewellery or other valuables.
  • Donations in lieu are another way you can give to Facial Palsy UK. Why not request in your will that friends and family make a donation to Facial Palsy UK instead of sending flowers at your funeral?

How do I make a will?

If you do not have a will already, the best advice is to consult your solicitor. Making a will is neither complicated nor expensive. You can find a solicitor in your area through the Law Society.

Please note that it is vitally important to keep your will up to date so that it reflects your wishes at the time of your death. Whenever your circumstances change you should update your will, for example, if you get married, have a child, become divorced, or if your partner dies.

How do I include a legacy to Facial Palsy UK in my new will?

To leave a legacy to Facial Palsy UK, you should simply add a short paragraph (clause) to your will. We always recommend using a qualified solicitor to assist with making a will; this ensures your wishes are clear and carried out exactly as you planned.
Suggested wording for leaving a gift in your will

Detailed below are some suggested clause wordings for you to consider. You may wish to print them and take them to your solicitor:

1. Residuary bequest suggested legacy clause wording

I give (…….. %) of the residue of my real an d personal estate which I can dispose of by will in any manner I think proper to Facial Palsy UK (Registered Charity Nos. 1148115 and SC045086) of Facial Palsy UK, Eventus, Sunderland Road, Market Deeping, Peterborough, PE6 8FD, and the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or the proper officer for the time being of Facial Palsy UK shall be a complete discharge to my executors.

If at my death any charity named as a beneficiary in this will or any codicil hereto has changed its name, or amalgamated with, or transferred its assets to another body, then my executors shall give effect to any gift made to such charity as if it had been made (in the first place) to the body in its changed name, or (in the second place) to the body which results from such amalgamation or to which such transfer has been made.

2. Pecuniary bequest suggested legacy clause wording

I give the sum of £……….. to Facial Palsy UK (Registered Charity Nos. 1148115 and SC045086) of Facial Palsy UK, Eventus, Sunderland Road, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8FD, and the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or the proper officer for the time being of Facial Palsy UK shall be a complete discharge to my executors.

If at my death any charity named as a beneficiary in this will or any codicil hereto has changed its name, or amalgamated with, or transferred its assets to another body, then my executors shall give effect to any gift made to such charity as if it had been made (in the first place) to the body in its changed name, or (in the second place) to the body which results from such amalgamation or to which such transfer has been made.

3. Specific bequest suggested legacy clause wording

I give to Facial Palsy UK (Registered Charity Nos. 1148115 and SC045086) of Facial Palsy UK, Eventus, Sunderland Road, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8FD absolutely, my (name and description of item….)

If at my death any charity named as a beneficiary in this will or any codicil hereto has changed its name, or amalgamated with, or transferred its assets to another body, then my executors shall give effect to any gift made to such charity as if it had been made (in the first place) to the body in its changed name, or (in the second place) to the body which results from such amalgamation or to which such transfer has been made.

Important information: Please note that the information above is provided for guidance only and does not constitute legal advice, for which we would advise you consult a solicitor.

Please also note that the wording of bequests may differ in Scotland, your solicitor will be able to advise you on this. In addition, should you live abroad and want to leave a bequest to Facial Palsy UK, we recommend you take legal advice as to the best way to do so.

Can I add a gift to Facial Palsy UK to my existing will?

If you already have a will, it is simple to add a bequest to Facial Palsy UK. This is done by completing a codicil, a legal document which acts as a supplement to your will. A codicil is very useful because it means you can make changes and additions without having to rewrite your entire will. It is still important however to always ensure your will is up to date.

It’s important to add a codicil under the guidance of your solicitor, because if you make changes then you could inadvertently invalidate your will. You will need two independent witnesses to sign your codicil.

Codicils – important points to remember

  • Do not cross out or write new instructions into your current will, as any changes could invalidate it.
  • You will need two independent witnesses to sign and date your codicil. This excludes beneficiaries or executors of your will, or anyone who is married or in a partnership with a beneficiary or executor of your will. You do not have to show the witnesses the contents of your codicil unless you choose to do so.
  • Keep the codicil along with your will in a safe place.
  • Send or give a copy of your will and codicil to your executor or a trusted friend, with a note indicating where the originals are kept.

Download a Codicil Form

What basic information do I need to include?

Please remember to use our full name Facial Palsy UK, our registered charity number and the correct postal address:

Facial Palsy UK
Eventus
Sunderland Road
Market Deeping
Peterborough
PE6 8FD

Registered charity in England and Wales (1148115) and in Scotland (SC045086).

What if I only have a small sum to leave?

A legacy can be of any size, it is a common misconception that a legacy has to be a large amount of money. Any gift you make, no matter how small or how large, will be important to Facial Palsy UK.

Where can I find out more about inheritance tax?

You can find out the latest information about inheritance tax at https://www.gov.uk/topic/personal-tax/inheritance-tax.

Do I need to advise Facial Palsy UK of my intentions?

You don’t need to inform us if you intend to remember us in your will, but we would be grateful if you did. Informing Facial Palsy UK of your intentions will enable us to ensure that your final wishes are fulfilled. You can download our Leave a Legacy form, complete and return to us, or inform us by email.

We sincerely thank you for considering leaving a legacy to Facial Palsy UK.

We are happy to discuss options should you wish your bequest to be directed to a specific project or cause. Please contact us on 0300 030 9333 or by email on fundraising@facialpalsy.org.uk.

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Last reviewed: 26-04-2015    ||    Next review due: 26-04-2017