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

Can you recommend a solicitor?

Whilst we cannot recommend individual solicitors, should you need assistance in finding a local solicitor to write your will, here are a few options:

If you’d like to find a Christian solicitor, The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship has a useful directory of its members. To use this free referral service click here. You can also email admin@lawcf.org or call 020 7407 6157.

The Goodwill Partnership is the largest distributor of home-visit solicitor-provided wills in England and Wales, offering great value for money with its lowest price guarantee as well as the convenience of a free home consultation service. To arrange an appointment please complete this form. You can also email info@thegoodwillpartnership.co.uk or call 0844 669 6148.

To find a local solicitor, The Law Society has a database of well-known national firms, partners and sole practitioners across the UK. To search for services in:
England and Wales click here, or call 020 7320 5650
Scotland click here, email lawscot@lawscot.org.uk or call 0131 226 7411
Northern Ireland click here, email enquiry@lawsoc-ni.org or call 028 9023 1614.

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 legacies@tearfund.org we would love the opportunity to say thank you for supporting us in this very special way.


Tearfund's promise to you

Our Tearfund Legacy Charter sets out our promise to you.

We understand that family and friends will come first and are very grateful for any gift you may choose to leave to further our work after considering them. We promise to be good stewards of any gift you choose to leave Tearfund in your will and will use your gift carefully and in a cost-effective way to ensure it transforms lives. Tearfund seeks to be Christ-centred, compassionate, truthful, courageous and servant-hearted. We will demonstrate these values through the way we work with you to serve our beneficiaries, and in how we receive your legacy to us.

We will show your family and friends compassion, integrity and honesty in all our legacy administration. We will treat your data (all the information you provide about yourselves) as you ask us to and will keep this information in a secure location and not pass your details on to anyone else without your permission. We understand that you may not wish to receive communications from us and will provide you with an opportunity to choose which communications you receive from us and how often. You can update these instructions at any time.

We respect your right to privacy. Although it would encourage us greatly to hear that you have chosen to leave us a gift in your will, we understand if you would rather keep this private. We recognise that you have the absolute right to change your mind about any gift in your will to Tearfund and will not interfere with any decision you make in the future.