Why a gift in your Will is so important?
Age UK East Sussex is an independent, locally based charity. All donated money which we receive, including gifts in Wills, goes towards our services for local older people.
Why should you make a Will?
If you do not make a Will, then in effect the state does it for you. Without a Will, or when your Will is not up to date, there are certain rules which dictate what happens to your possessions. This may result in your loved ones not necessarily benefiting in the way you would wish. If you have not already made a Will, we recommend that you use a professional adviser or solicitor to help you do it.
We understand that the people closest to you come first. However, if you feel able to support us, we would be extremely grateful. A gift to Age UK East Sussex in your Will does not mean large amounts of money.
What sort of Gift can I leave to Age UK East Sussex?
There are a number of different ways you can support our work through your Will:
• A residuary gift is the share of your estate left over once you have made provision for friends and family
• A pecuniary gift is a specified amount of money left to Age UK East Sussex
• A reversionary gift allows you to leave your estate to your dependents while they are living, but after they pass away it will revert to Age UK East Sussex
• A specific bequest is a specific item left as a gift in your Will, for example, a piece of jewellery
If you would like your gift to be used for a particular area of our work, we would suggest that you include a note of wishes that your gift is used for a particular purpose. If you do complete a note of wishes we will do our best to follow it, but if this is not possible, for example, if one of our services is no longer running, then this will allow us to use your gift where the need is greatest.
If you decide to leave a Gift in your Will to Age UK East Sussex, we have put together some suggested wording for you to take to your solicitor when writing your Will.
It is important that the following clause is included in your Will of you intend to leave a gift to a charity. This ensures that if the charity ever changes its name or merges with another charity, it will still receive the donation:
"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 case) 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."
Please remember to use our full name Age UK East Sussex, our registered charity number 1139470 and the correct registered address:
Age UK East Sussex
54 Cliffe High Street
If you have generously decided to leave a gift in your Will to Age UK East Sussex, we would be very grateful if you could notify us. You are not obliged to do so, but we would like to thank you. Any information you provide us will of course be treated in strict confidence.