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How to leave a gift

Choosing to remember Wood Green in your will is an incredibly important decision, but it doesn’t have to be a complicated one.

We’ve tried to include all the information you need in this section, but if you have any further questions just get in touch and we’ll help in any way we can.

Why it’s important to make a will

A will ensures that your intentions are honoured after your lifetime. It can help you to protect the people closest to you and further the cause you care about. Even if you don’t consider you have much to leave, it is still important to make a will. If you die without a will, your money, property or possessions may not be allocated in the way you would have wished, or expected.

What to consider in your will

First of all, you’ll want to take care of your family and friends and specify what you would like to leave to whom. It is also important to remember to make provision for much-loved pets in your will and may wish to consider the peace of mind that our free Pet Promise Scheme offers.

The next step is to consider the charities you care about and whether you would like to leave a gift to help them continue their work in your memory.

Three different ways to leave a gift in your will

Residuary
You can leave Wood Green, The Animals Charity part of the entire residue of your estate (the balance left after specific cash gifts, debts, tax and funeral expenses have been paid). This is a great way to support us as it keeps pace with inflation.

Pecuniary
A pecuniary legacy leaves a specific amount to the Charity. This cash sum can be of any size.

Specific
You might choose to leave a particular article to the Charity, such as a car or an item of valuable jewellery, which can then be sold to raise funds.

Already made a will?

If you have already made a will, it’s simple to make changes to it. You can either add a supplement to your existing will, called a codicil, or, if the changes are quite substantial, it may be better to make a new will. Either way, we’d always recommend that you engage a solicitor.

Meet with your solicitor

You can save time and possibly money by having a few facts and figures ready before your initial visit.

First, write down the names and addresses of all the people and organisations you would like to include in your will. Remember to note down the Registered Charity Number of each organisation you wish to support, so that there can be no mistake about the charity. Make a list of everything you own and an estimate of each item’s worth. Third, subtract any money you currently owe from the total.

Further information

For further information about leaving a gift to Wood Green in your will or securing your pets future please contact our Legacy Team on 0300 303 9333 or request an Information Pack by completing our online form.