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Include a gift in your Will

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Don't leave the future to chance

Wildlife needs Will power.
Include a gift in your Will for wildlife & protect our inheritance.

We are very fortunate in Nottinghamshire to have such a wonderful array of wildlife and habitats on our doorstep. Including a gift in your Will to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust helps us protect the threatened species and fragile places we all love.

Everyone should make a Will, even if you think your estate is of little value, as it is the only way to ensure that your property and possessions go to those you wish after your death. If you do not leave a Will, it can cause a great deal more work for relatives at an already stressful time. Once you’ve made a Will, it is important for you to keep it up-to-date as life changes, such as marriage or the arrival of grandchildren, as these things may affect your wishes.

By including charities in your Will you can know that your assets are being used for future projects involving vital work to help preserve our environment.

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Remember a Charity in your Will Week

As part of the annual Remember a Charity In Your Will Week, during September each year, a number of local leading Will-writing solicitors are supporting us by providing you with various offers, click the button below to find out more.
This service is not only offered during the dedicated week, some solicitors have kindly offered their support all year round. Therefore, when you are ready, you can get professional help to write a Will or update your existing one.

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Legacy Pledge

Whilst many members & supporters may be planning to include a gift in their will for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, very few ever tell us in advance.
However, as we plan for the future of the Wildlife Trust, it can be very helpful to know that people intend to support us in their Will. We don’t need to know details other than that they intend to make a bequest.

Moira Robinson My Wildlife My Legacy

Legacy Pledge

 
Wildlife Trust member Moira Robinson explains why she intends to help Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust through her will.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

So we've brought together those that we're asked most often and answered them below.

Can't see your question here? Please contact Ruth about including a gift to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in your Will.

How do I make my Will?

The  Wildlife Trust is a member 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 the Nottinghamshire 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.

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

There are two 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.

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.  Although, we have some local Solicitors and Will Writers offering a free or discounted Will writing service. Contact Ruth for details or see the list of current offers.

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?

If you decide to include a gift to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, it’s easy.

All you have to do is give your solicitor the following registered address and registered charity number and your solicitor will do the rest.

Full name: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Registered Charity No: 224168

Our address: The Old Ragged School, Brook Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EA

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

If you’ve decided you want to remember Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust 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 Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for a set sum - a pecuniary legacy "I give free of tax to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (Registered charity number 224168 of The Old Ragged School, Brook Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EA), the sum of £______ for the general purposes of the Nottinghamshire 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 Nottinghamshire 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 Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (Registered charity number 224168 of The Old Ragged School, Brook Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EA), for the general purposes of the Nottinghamshire 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 Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust?

We really appreciate hearing that you have thought of Nottinghamshire 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.

If you are happy to let us know then contact Ruth in confidence.

What if I change my mind?

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 the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust from your previous Will.

We have a helpful Legacy Booklet which provides some more information about how you can pledge to include a gift to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in your Will. If you would like a Legacy booklet, please contact Ruth.

Our Legacy Charter

We will respect your privacy. Your Will is a personal document expressing your wishes which we will respect.

We understand your family and loved ones will always come first.

We recognise that it is your decision and that you need to make it in your own time.

We’d love to hear from you if you would like to let us know you have left us a gift in your Will but equally we respect your decision if you prefer not to.

If you choose to let us know about your gift we can stay in touch and keep you informed of our plans, events and the work we do.

We respect your right, at any time in the future, to change your mind about a gift in your Will to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

We assure you that your gift will be used carefully and cost effectively.

We will treat any information you provide to us as confidential.