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Leave a gift in your will
We know it’s not an easy thing to think about, but it’s important to have a plan in place for when you die. Writing a will ensures that your final wishes can be actioned as you would want, and that your family and friends are supported after your death.
Your family and friends will always come first, but you might like to consider including a gift to the Dyspraxia Foundation in your will. As the only national charity for dyspraxia, so many of our community have come to rely on the Dyspraxia Foundation for our services – a gift in your will, even a small one, can provide support and hope for tomorrow for our dyspraxic community. Your kindness can help us to empower individuals at every life stage for years to come by breaking down barriers through raising awareness, providing support, and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth and success.
I’m not going to have much left to leave my family, so there won’t be anything left to gift!
Even a small gift can really make a difference, and you don’t need to be leaving lots of money or assets in your will to look after your family and provide a meaningful gift. There are three different types of gift you can include in a will:
- A pecuniary gift is a fixed amount of money, for example £50, £100, £1,000 or any specified amount you want to gift.
- A specific gift is a specific item, such as personal possessions, shares or land.
- And a residuary gift is a percentage or share of what’s left over once all your other payments or gifts have been made to your beneficiaries (your family) – an example of this could be that you decide to leave 45% of your estate (money, property and possessions) to your eldest child, 45% to your youngest child and the remaining 10% to the Dyspraxia Foundation. The great thing about leaving residuary gifts is that it aligns with inflation and won’t lose interest over time.
How do I include a gift for the Dyspraxia Foundation?
Leaving a gift in your will can be done by speaking to your will writer or solicitor when you write your will, or by adding an amendment to your existing will. We highly recommend consulting a legal advisor, will writing service, or solicitor to ensure that all legalities are covered in your will and that it is valid.
To include Dyspraxia Foundation in your will you need to include the following wording:
I give to the Dyspraxia Foundation of 8 West Alley, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1EG, registered charity number 1085352 ____% of the residue of my estate/£_______ [specified amount] absolutely for its general charitable purposes.
Find out how to write or update your will here, including how to make sure it’s legal. For a list of will writing services or solicitors near you, take a look at websites such as The Law Society or WillFinda*.
Do I need to tell the Dyspraxia Foundation if I decide to leave a gift in my will?
No – you don’t need to do anything further other than make sure we’re listed correctly (see above) for your generous gift to reach us, but if you do decide to leave a gift to Dyspraxia Foundation in your will, we would love the opportunity to thank you and to share how your kindness today will be having an impact on our future work.
Are there any tax benefits to leaving a gift in my will?
In the UK, estates (that’s property, money and possessions) worth over £325,000 are subject to a 40% Inheritance Tax, but if at least 10% or more of your estate is ‘gifted’ to a charity like the Dyspraxia Foundation, you could be eligible for a reduced Inheritance Tax rate of 36%.
*Please note that the Dyspraxia Foundation does not endorse any particular will writing service provider or solicitor, or the WillFinda or The Law Society website – use of any service is at your own discretion.