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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Wording for a residuary gift
Wording for a gift of money or an item
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.
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.