Leave a legacy
Leaving a legacy to War Memorials Trust is a very special way of ensuring your beliefs live on. You can make a significant difference to protecting and conserving war memorials across the UK. A legacy left to War Memorials Trust will be used to support our work providing advice, distributing grants and educating the public about the importance of our war memorial heritage.
Donating through your Will is a great way to give. A legacy does not get taxed so every penny comes straight to the charity. It can also reduce inheritance tax because the taxable value of your estate is calculated after charitable bequests are made. Making a Will is always an important way of ensuring your wishes are fulfilled; not having a Will can mean your family or causes do not benefit as you would wish and money they should have received is instead allocated to the government.
Making a Will
If you are considering leaving a legacy to War Memorials Trust in your Will then you may wish to consult a solicitor. Remember to take details of the Trust with you if you wish to include a legacy. They will need the charity name, address and registered charity number. Suggestions about appropiate wording for your legacy can be found below. War Memorials Trust regularly advertises in the Law Society Gazette so they may be familiar with our work if they have a copy of that publication.
Alternatively there are online services which can help.
- War Memorials Trust is a registered beneficiary with totallyFREEwills a website that can help you make a Will free of charge, in your own time. If you have not yet made a Will or wish to make a simple change to your Will this may be a service that can assist you. You can visit their website for further information; they have a seperate section for those in Scotland.
- For more information on leaving a legacy and to see how the changes to Inheritance Tax have made it more attractive to support charities through legacy giving, please visit the Legacy10 website.
Types of legacy
- A Residual Legacy/Share of your Estate
A residual legacy is made from the remains of an Estate once family, friends and dependents have been provided for. The beneficiary of a residual legacy receives all or a share of the Estate once those closest to the individual who made the Will have been cared for.
Example wording to use in your Will to leave a residual gift to War Memorials Trust is as follows:
I give (all or % share of) the residue of my estate to War Memorials Trust (Registered Charity Commission Number 1062255) 42a Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0RE for its general charitable purposes. I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge.
- A Pecuniary Legacy/Specific sum or gift
A pencuniary legacy is the gift of a specific sum to the charity.
Example wording to use in your Will to leave a penuniary gift to War Memorials Trust is as follows:
I give to War Memorials Trust (Registered Charity Commission Number 1062255) 42a Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0RE the sum of (specific amount in figures and words) to be used for its general charitable purposes. I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge.
Further action or information
If you decide to leave a legacy to War Memorials Trust in your Will you can let us know using our online form.