Do you have the WILL Power?
Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the ways you can support the Hospice even if you are unable to support us at this time. Your legacy however large or small can help to ensure that future generations have access to our specialist care services for as long as they may need.
“1 in 10 people whom we look after at Halton Haven Hospice are being cared for because of a legacy”
Legacies are an important source of income to the Hospice, but they can be difficult for us to predict. It is helpful to let us know if you have included us in your Will, as we also enjoy having the opportunity to say thank you. If you would like details on how to leave us a gift in your will please contact Shaun Pollard on 01928 712728.
Making a Will is not expensive, complicated or time-consuming. We would strongly recommend going to a solicitor for professional, reliable advice in drawing up your will, which will cost on average just £75. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare some necessary details, and keep this expense to a minimum:
Work out the sum of your estate by listing all your assets (house, savings, jewellery etc) and subtracting all your liabilities (mortgage, debts etc). The result is your estate total. Next, decide how you would like your assets and possessions to be divided amongst your family and friends. If at this point you do decide to leave a legacy or gift to Halton Haven Hospice or any other cause, there are different ways for you to do so.
A pecuniary legacy – a gift of a fixed sum of money to a named person or organisation. A specific legacy – A gift of a particular item (not money), such as jewellery to a named person or organisation.
A residuary legacy – After all pecuniary and specific bequests have been made and your Expenses accounted for, the remainder of your estate is known as the residue. This should be covered by a Residuary Bequest otherwise the law determines its outcome. The residue can be split between family, friends and your favourite causes.
It is very important to keep your will up to date. Altering an existing will can be done simply by adding a codicil. This is a separate legal document witnessed in its own right. Again, consulting with a solicitor is the best way to add a codicil and ensure it is legally binding. A codicil must be kept with your will but not attached to it.
To ensure that no problems arise when the will is executed, the wording used must include the name Halton Haven Hospice and our charity number which is 702654.