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How to include a gift in your Will

Posted on: 30 September 2020 by 50connect Promotions

An up-to-date Will, written by a solicitor, ensures your wishes are clearly understood and avoids complications for loved ones. Free Wills Month helps you provide for family and friends, and include a gift to your chosen charities. Best of all, it's free this October.

50th Anniversary of Duchess of Kent Memorial Service RNLI/Stuart Fenty

Six out of ten lifeboat launches are possible thanks to gifts in Wills. Legacies help bring our brave lifeboat volunteers home safely and provide the training and protective gear they need to save lives.

If you decide to leave a gift to the RNLI in your Will, we promise:

  • your loved ones come first – we respect that
  • we’ll use your gift wisely and effectively
  • if you want your gift to be spent in an area that’s special to you, we can arrange that
  • we won’t put you under pressure

How to get started

We know that writing a Will can seem daunting. Free Will Month puts you in touch with your local, participating solicitors who will guide you through the process. But here are a few tips to get you started:

Make a new Will

Before you begin the Will making process, it’s worth thinking about:

  • the main things you own - like a house, shares, endowments, savings or life insurance policies - and roughly what they are worth
  • who you would like to include - after you have looked after your loved ones, we do hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to the RNLI in your Will
  • who your executor(s) will be
  • what kinds of gifts you want to leave the people and charities you care about - items like a house or valuables (called ‘specific’ gifts), or money (which includes both set amounts and percentages)

Update an existing Will

It is important to keep your Will up to date. It’s a good idea to review your Will if your circumstances change - for example: getting married or having children. Before you update your Will, think about:

  • the main things you own - like a house, shares, endowments, savings or life insurance policies - and roughly what they are worth
  • who you would like to include - after you have looked after your loved ones, we do hope you’ll consider leaving a gift to the RNLI in your Will
  • who your executor(s) will be
  • what kinds of gifts you want to leave the people and charities you care about – items like a house or valuables (called ‘specific’ gifts), or money (which includes both set amounts and percentages)

Will you support the next generation of lifesavers?

Find out how to write or update your Will, or request our free Gifts in Wills guide here.

Or contact our friendly Gifts in Wills Team on 0300 300 0214 (UK) or +44 1202 663234 (outside UK).

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