Making a lasting difference

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WHY SHOULD I WRITE A WILL?

Making a will is the best way to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death and that your property, money and possessions go to the people, organisations or charities that matter to you. It is also your final opportunity to make a lasting gift to Veterans Aid. Many people put off writing their will as they expect it to be complicated. In fact it is quite simple and a legal adviser or solicitor can guide you through the process.

WHY LEAVE A GIFT IN MY WILL TO VA?

Legacies are a vital source of income for VA. Each Gift in a will, however large or small, helps us to carry out our daily work, secure our future and safeguard the futures of the ex-servicemen and women whom we help. In pledging to leave a Gift in your will you are joining a community of Veterans Aid supporters who believe that we have a duty to care for ex-service personnel in times of personal crisis.

HOW DO I WRITE A WILL?

You can write your own will, but it is safer to get a solicitor or will-writing service to draft it for you as they can answer your questions, provide advice and make sure the correct legal wording is used.

Before you begin, you will need to:

  • Make a list of what you own – including property, money, shares, investments, life insurance policies, and all your valuables and possessions.
  • Work out the value of these assets.
  • Decide who should benefit from your estate, e.g. family, friends, charities.
  • Decide who to appoint as your executor(s), i.e. the people who will administer your estate.

THERE ARE THREE  TYPES OF LEGACY

  1. Residuary legacy: a gift of the remainder of your estate, or a percentage, after all other legacies and any debts cleared.
    Residuary legacies keep pace with inflation and are an effective way to divide the value of an estate between a number of people and causes.
  2. Pecuniary legacy: a gift of a fixed sum of money.
  3. Specific legacy: a gift of a specific item, e.g. a property or item of jewellery.

WHY SHOULD I LET YOU KNOW IF I AM LEAVING A GIFT IN MY WILL?

We would love to hear from you if you have already included VA in your will because we value the opportunity to  thank our supporters and let them see just how  Gifts in wills can make a lasting difference. Awareness of legacies also helps us plan financially as a charity.

HOW DO I LET YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE  INCLUDED YOU IN MY WILL?

Just call 0207 828 2468 or email funds1@veterans-aid.net

We will send you a copy of a pledge form. You can fill in as much detail as you wish – all the information will remain confidential.
If you wish, we can send you a certificate to commemorate your legacy pledge to us.

We’ve partnered with Lexikin – a trusted, secure digital estate planning tool which records your memories, legacies and assets. This service allows you to set up a straightforward charitable pledge, for free, without any complicated obligations or up front payments. In addition, 100% of your pledge will go straight to the charity.

 

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