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How to leave a legacy

Writing a will is an important step towards making sure your wishes can be respected. Once you have taken care of your family and friends, it’s also the perfect way to ensure that a charity like Age UK can continue to be there, far into the future.

We would always recommend that you speak to a qualified professional such as a solicitor when making or amending your will.


Writing your will

Making a will is easier than you may think. Our 'A gift in your will to Age UK' booklet offers you information on things you need to consider when making or updating your will to include a gift to Age UK.

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You can download a copy of our will planner below. 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)


If you already have a will

If you already have a will and you want to include a gift to Age UK in it, 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)


What type of gift can I leave to Age UK?

There are three main types of gift you can make. You can leave a specific sum of money or an item such as jewellery or a piece of art. Alternatively, you can leave a share in, or all of, what’s left of the value of your estate after family and friends have been taken care of.

The advantage of leaving a share (also known as residuary gift) is that it remains the same over time, and you won’t need to change your will to keep up with inflation. It’s also the most valuable kind of gift to Age UK.

Whatever the value of your gift, it will go a long way to help someone who needs us.


Where next?

  • Suggested wording

    This suggested wording will assist your solicitor in including your gift to our vital work.
  • Frequently asked questions

    Find answers to some commonly asked questions about leaving a gift in your will.

Request your guide to leaving a legacy

By leaving a gift in your will to Age UK, you leave someone to turn to at a time in life when it’s most needed.

Last updated: Nov 07 2017

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