Why should I write a will?
A valid will ensures that your estate is distributed according to your wishes. It enables you to make sure for your family and loved ones are taken care of, and gives you the opportunity to make a lasting difference to the causes close to your heart.
What type of gift can I leave to Tearfund in my will?
Residuary gift – This is a percentage or share of the balance of your estate once all other payments and gifts have been made. Many people prefer to give a residuary gift because it keeps in line with inflation and doesn't lose value over time.
Pecuniary gift – This is a fixed sum of money.
Specific gift – This is a possession or item such as jewellery, property or shares.
What wording should I use?
For a residuary legacy: I give _% of the residue of my estate to Tearfund, Reg. Charity no: 265464 of 100 Church Road, Teddington TW11 8QE, for its charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or other proper officer of Tearfund for the time being shall be a full and final sufficient discharge for the said legacy.
A fixed amount of money (pecuniary) or a specific asset or item (specific): I give to Tearfund, Reg. Charity no: 265464 of 100 Church Road, Teddington TW11 8QE the sum of £_/specific asset or item for its charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or other proper officer of Tearfund for the time being shall be a full and final sufficient discharge for the said legacy.
What information do I need to give to my solicitor?
Once you have decided the type of legacy you want to leave (see the above) you can give them our suggested wording (see above) and our charity details:
Name & address: Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE.
Registered charity number: 265464
Are there any tax benefits if I leave a charitable gift in my will?
All legacies left to charity are completely free from inheritance tax. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on how to make your will as tax efficient as possible. This includes explaining new rules that reduce the rate of inheritance tax for people who leave at least 10 per cent of their estate to charity.
I don’t have much to leave, is it worth leaving Tearfund a legacy?
Every gift we receive, even a small amount can make the biggest difference to lives around the world. Just one per cent of an estate, for example, will make a huge difference to struggling communities at the heart of our work. Find out more about what your legacy could achieve.
How will my gift be used?
Each and every gift to Tearfund is incredibly valuable and is used to help those in the most desperate need around the world. Every penny of your legacy gift will be invested wisely so that we can best serve wherever the need is greatest around the world. Read more about where your money goes here.
Do I need to tell Tearfund if I have included a gift in my will?
If you have already included a gift to Tearfund in your will – thank you – it is greatly appreciated. We completely understand that leaving a gift in a will is a personal and private matter for many of our supporters, whilst for others, they are happy to share with us their ‘reason why’. If you’d like to email firstname.lastname@example.org we would love the opportunity to say thank you for supporting us in this very special way.