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How to leave a gift in your will

Thank you for considering leaving a gift to Age UK in your will and helping to leave a world less lonely.

There are 3 main types of gift you can make:

  • residuary – a share in, or all of, what's left of the value of your estate after family and friends have been taken care of
  • pecuniary – a specific sum of money
  • specific – an item such as jewellery or a piece of art

The advantage of leaving a share (also known as a residuary gift) is that it stays the same over time and you won't need to change your will to keep up with inflation.

If you need to make a will

Step 1 – order our free guide to making a will

Making a will is easier than you may think. Get our free guide to tell you everything you need to know, with step-by-step practical advice to make the process of making a will as simple as possible.

Request your free guide to making a will

Step 2 – download our will planner

This planning form guides you through the steps you need to consider when you write your will and it helps you gather your thoughts and plans in one place.

Will planner form (70KB)

Step 3 – how to include a gift in your will

We've drawn up some suggested legal wording to help your solicitor add your gift. Read our suggested wording.

If you already have a will

If you already have a will and you want to include a gift to Age UK (sometimes called a legacy), there may not be any need to rewrite it.

You can ask a qualified professional such as a solicitor to add an amendment (called a codicil). As a general rule, if the change you wish to make is quite small or simple, you can use a codicil, and if the change is more significant or complex you should make a new will.

Codicil form for Age UK (39KB)

See our suggested wording to help your solicitor amend your will.

Suggested wording for making your gift to Age UK

This suggested legal wording will assist your solicitor in drawing up or amending your will to include your gift to help our vital work.

We can't recommend a particular solicitor to make your will but we suggest you contact the Law Society who can provide details of solicitors in your area, including those who specialise in wills. We always recommend that your will is drafted by a qualified professional such as a solicitor as their businesses are regulated by law.

Do you need help?

We're very happy to give general advice about writing a will and leaving a gift to Age UK. We have lots of practical information available, so please contact us on 020 3033 1421 for further information or email the address below. We would always recommend that you contact a legal professional, such as a solicitor, for legal advice relevant to your own circumstances.

Where next?

  • Why leave a gift in your will?

    Find out how your kindness could help make sure we're there to support older people for many years to come.
  • Gifts in wills guide

    Our guide tells you what your gift could do for older people and includes practical tips for leaving a legacy.

Let us know you've left us a gift

If you let us know about a gift you've left in your will, we can say thank you for the wonderful gesture. We know your will is a private matter and anything you share with us will be kept confidential. Call us on 020 3033 1421.

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Last updated: Feb 04 2020

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