Our Legacy Promise
- We understand your Will is personal to you and promise to respect your privacy
- We will never ask you the size or type of gift if you decide to support our work this way
- We recognise, that rightly, your own family and friends come first in your will
- Because of the difference gifts in Wills make to Buglife we will continue to encourage people to leave a gift but we understand that it is your decision which needs to be made in your own time
- We would love to hear if you have left a gift, so that we can thank you, but there is no pressure to say so or to keep us informed of any changes to your intentions. If you would prefer us to leave you alone, just let us know
- We fully understand that personal circumstances change and there may be a time when you change your mind about a gift in your Will to Buglife
- We promise to use your gift wisely and ensure it has the greatest impact
- We will handle whatever gift you leave us with respect and sensitivity
Help and advice
Your will is an opportunity to ensure your possessions and property go where you wish and that your family and friends are provided for. Once you have looked after your loved ones it is also a chance to remember your favourite charity. Making and changing your Will is easier then you may think.
Make a will free on-line with Buglife
Frequently asked questions:
What can I leave?
Every gift in every Will makes a difference however larger or small. You can leave any share, percentage or fraction to anyone or any charity. For example this could be 1% to your favourite charity.
There are three main ways you can leave a gift to Buglife in your Will:
- Residuary Legacy – when you leave the residue/or a share of the residue of your estate – i.e. what is left when all other gifts and liabilities have been paid
- Pecuniary Legacy– when you leave a fixed sum of money
- Specific Gift– when you leave a specific item such as land, a house or an item of value
Because it is likely that Buglife will not receive your gift for sometime after you have made your Will; not specifying in your Will how we should use your gift allows us to use it for the most urgent action required at the time. However if you would particularly like your gift to be linked to a specific area of our work please contact us before you finalise your Will. We can then be certain that we are able to meet your wishes and that your gift provides a true testament of your love of invertebrates and natural heritage.
How do I make a Will?
When making a will please always seek professional advice. Local wills and probate solicitors in your area can be found at http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/. Or use our free on-line partner Beyond. Some suggested wording to use can be found in the grey box below.
How can I change an existing Will?
The easiest ways to make additions or minor alterations is by making a Codacil. Using a Codicil you can add an instruction without having to amend any of the terms of your existing Will. If you wish to add a gift to Buglife, for example, you could use our example form.
We always recommend that your codicil is checked by a solicitor.
What information will I need to include if leaving a gift to Buglife?
You will need our name, our address and our registered charity number, which are as follows:
86 Lincoln Road
Charity Registered in England & Wales 1092293.
Charity Registered in Scotland SC040004
Can I save Inheritance Tax with my gift?
Charitable gifts are exempt from inheritance tax and any charitable gifts left in your will are taken out of your estate before tax is calculated. If your estate is above the inheritance tax threshold of £450,000 (2019) then a gift to charity could reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax payable. In addition, changes to the law in 2012 also mean that, if you leave 10 % of your estate to charity the tax due on your estate as a whole may be paid at a reduced rate. For further up-to-date information, please consult a solicitor or see the government’s web page.
Can I speak to anyone about leaving a gift to Buglife?
Please contact Paul Hetherington email if you would like to discuss leaving a gift to Buglife in your Will.
Information for Executors
If Buglife is a beneficiary in a Will that you are administrating please contact Paul Hetherington on the email above or write to:
86 Lincoln Road,
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