How to leave a gift in your Will

Posted on: 04 March 2019 by Cancer Research UK

Make your pledge to leave a gift in your Will and help beat cancer sooner for future generations

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Are you considering pledging a gift in your Will? Legacy gifts come from every day people, and are crucial to the funding of charities like Cancer Research UK.

Leaving a gift in your Will is simple to do and by doing so, you can ensure that future generations benefit from the advances that you have helped support. There is no better way to celebrate a life well lived, than by pledging to beat cancer?

If you're over 55, Cancer Research UK offers a free Will writing service which allows you to easily write or update a simple Will for free. Most people who use the service leave a gift to Cancer Research UK. Their support is helping to beat cancer for future generations.

Considerations when making a new Will

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List your valuable possessions

Think about everything you own (your estate and assets) and who you’d like to be your executor. You might find this free Will planner helpful.

> Download a free Will planner from Cancer Research UK


Plan who you would like to include

When you are thinking about writing your Will, you can consider leaving a gift to a charity like Cancer Research UK. Your gift can support groundbreaking research and help make a real difference to people living with cancer.


Decide who will write your Will

Choose a solictor or a professional Will writing service to ensure all legal formalities are carried out correctly, and your Will is written and witnessed in a valid way. Cancer Research UK offers a free Will writing service to make things easier for you.

 > Read about the Free Will Service


When you're amending an existing Will

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Prepare your information

It’s important to keep your Will up to date. If your circumstances have changed, it may be a good time to review your Will to make sure it still reflects your wishes.


Review who you would like to include

When you come to update your Will, you could consider leaving a gift to a charity like Cancer Research UK. The charity receives no government funding for their research, so gifts from people like you make everything it does possible. With your help, there could be an end to cancer sooner.


Decide who should write your Will

Depending on the significance of the changes you’d like to make to your existing Will, it may be possible to use a codicil (allows you to make amendments to an existing Will instead of completely re-writing it.) to make your amendments. A solicitor can advise on the best course of action.

 > Read about the Free Will Service

5 good reasons to make a Will and keep it up to date

  1. Make sure your wishes are followed
    With an up-to-date Will, you can have peace of mind that the people and causes that matter to you have been looked after the way you choose. It’s the only way to make sure your wishes are followed the way you intend.
  2. Make it easier on friends and family
    A Will makes it much easier for your family and friends to take care of your estate and be sure they’re acting on your wishes. Without a Will, the process can be difficult, stressful and time-consuming.
  3. Help to minimise inheritance tax
    If you’ve got a Will, it can help reduce the amount of inheritance tax that needs to be paid on your estate.
  4. Protect the rights of your partner
    If you and your partner aren’t married or in a civil partnership, you don’t have the same automatic rights as those who are married. You can make sure your partner is looked after by naming them in your Will.
  5. Give your assets to the people and causes you love most
    Without a Will expressing your wishes, your whole estate could end up belonging to the Crown or government. Write a Will to keep control.


Cancer Research UKPledge right now to help beat cancer sooner

To find our more or to request a free Gifts in Wills guide, visit or call 0800 035 9000.


Fundraising RegulatorCancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103)”

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