Leaving a gift in your Will

Leaving a Gift in your Will

Leaving a gift for wildlife in your Will helps us to create a wilder Herefordshire for generations to come.

A gift can help us to:

  • care for and improve our nature reserves for people and wildlife
  • expand and connect our network of reserves
  • run events and workshops to inspire others to care for Herefordshire’s wildlife
  • advise and support others to conserve and enhance the wildlife on their land

If you need to make a will the first step is to talk to a solicitor. This is to ensure that your will is legally correct and that all your wishes will be carried out. Your solicitor will discuss all aspects of your will with you including whether or not you would like to leave a gift to charity.

Your solicitor will help you to:

  • value your estate;
  • choose the friends and relatives you would like  to receive a gift;
  • choose your Executors - people whose duty it is to carry out the wishes in your will.
     

Finding out more

To find out more about leaving a gift in your will and how your gift can help Herefordshire's wildlife, please complete the form below or contact our Chief Executive, Helen Stace on 01432 356872 or email h.stace@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my Will?

The Wildlife Trusts are members of Remember a Charity, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness of remembering charities in Wills and making the process as simple as possible. They have created an easy to follow guide for getting started on your Will.

Alternatively, contact a qualified legal professional. The Law Society can provide you with a directory of solicitors near you.

I don’t have very much to leave, is it worth including a gift in my Will to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust?

Absolutely. We are so grateful for any amount you feel able to leave in your Will for wildlife and all gifts make a difference. You can find out more about our legacy pledgers and how their gifts will help wildlife here.

What kind of gift could I leave to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust?

There are three types of gift you can leave in your Will:

  • A specific sum; This is a gift of a set amount of money.
  • A share of your estate; This is a percentage of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid. These gifts are very important to us as they usually maintain their value or increase over time. This also means you're less likely to need to amend it in the future.
  • A specific item; This could be something valuable such as a painting, antique, property or shares that we would sell.

Can you give legal advice about making my Will?

While we’re unable to provide specific legal advice, we are happy to talk to you about how your gift could be used to protect wildlife. Remember a Charity work with many Will writing professionals and solicitors that can help you to write or update your Will. The Law Society can also provide you with a list of local solicitors.

How much does a Will cost?

The cost of writing a Will varies depending on how complicated it is.  

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust have partnered with Herefordshire law firm Lambe Corner (www.lambecorner.co.uk/) who are currently offering members of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust a 50% discount on drafting their Will. Please contact us on 01432 356872 for more details.

What should I include in my Will?

It’s worth thinking about what you want to include in your Will before seeing a solicitor. You should consider:

  • Consider who you would like to be your executor, the person who will carry out the wishes in your Will.
  • What money and belongings do you have? For example, property, savings, pensions, insurance policies and bank accounts.
  • Who do you want to remember in your Will? List all your family members, friends and the causes you care about.

I’ve already made a Will. Do I need to make a new one?

If you already have a Will and would like to make some small changes, you do not need to make a new Will. Instead you can add a codicil to your Will and send it to your solicitor. A codicil is a document which allows you to make changes or additions to an existing Will and must be read in conjunction with it.

What about Inheritance Tax?

At the moment, if you leave a gift to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust in your Will it will not be included when valuing your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes. The value of your gift will be deducted from your estate before Inheritance Tax is applied. However, please be aware that Inheritance Tax rules can change so it’s always best to discuss your Will and the type of gift you might like to leave with your chosen solicitor.

How should I word my Will?

If you do decide to include a gift to Herefordshire Wildlife Trusts, all you have to do is give your solicitor our registered address and registered charity number and they will do the rest.

Full name: The Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Limited

Registered Charity No: 220173

Our address: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, Nr Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY

Do you have examples of legal wording when making a Will?

If you’ve decided you want to remember The Wildlife Trusts in your Will, you can take the following wording to your solicitor. They will make sure your Will is valid and that your wishes are followed.

  • A specific sum of money

My bequest to … Wildlife Trust for a set sum - a pecuniary legacy "I give free of tax to … Wildlife Trust (Registered charity number …..  of (insert address), the sum of £______ for the general purposes of the Wildlife Trust and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.

  • A share of your estate

My bequest to …. Wildlife Trust of the residual estate (or a proportion of) - a residuary or percentage legacy "Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole (residuary) or ______% of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to ... Wildlife Trust (Registered charity numbers …  of (insert address), for the general purposes of … Wildlife Trust and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.

Should I let you know that I have included or plan to include a gift in my Will to The Wildlife Trusts?

We really appreciate hearing that you have thought of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust when making your Will. It allows us to say a big thank you for your generosity and if you’d like to hear from us, keep you up to date with the work that our supporters make possible. You can make changes to your Will whenever you want to and letting us know that you’ve thought of us in your Will is not legally binding in any way. To let us know your plans, please call Helen Stace on 01432 356872 or email h.stace@herefordshirewt.co.uk. Alternatively, simply complete the form at the bottom of this page.

What if I change my mind?

No problem; it’s your Will, and you are entitled to change it as and when you want to. If you do, we would be very grateful to hear from you if you have changed, added, or removed a gift to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust from your previous Will.

Letting us know your plans

If you are planning on leaving a gift to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and would like to let us know, or would like more information,you can simply complete the form below:

Fill out my online form.