Thursday, 4 September 2014

Next week is Will Week

After many years of procrastinating, I took the plunge and got a will. However, when my father died at an early age, he did not have a will and mum had extra crap to deal with at a time when she had lots of other things to deal with.

It'll cost you a few quid to get a few bits of paper from a solicitor who has cut and paste a few lines from Macrosoft Will:-).

However its best you think and know where your chattles go and decide what your wishes are. 

This week coming 8-16 September is Leaving a Charity Gift in your Will Week in the UK

There are a number of ways to leave a gift, the most common are:

• Residuary legacy: a percentage of the residue or balance of your Will, paid once all expenses and monies to family and friends have been accounted for

• Pecuniary legacy: a cash gift - any sum of specified money

• Specific legacy: personal or household effects, for example, stocks and shares, jewellery, car, property

• Reversionary legacy (specific, pecuniary or residuary): left firstly to a ‘life tenant’, for example leaving your house to your daughter for her lifetime, thereafter going to others – such as a charity

• Contingent gift: a gift that has certain conditions attached

• Insurance policies and savings: charities can be named as beneficiaries in your life insurance policy

• In-memoriam gift: whilst not a legacy, some supporters have requested that friends and relatives make an ‘in memoriam’ donation to the MS Trust instead of sending flowers and wreaths for a funeral.

Some charities will pick up the tab if you make a donation. Find out more from your preferred charity.

What's this got to do with research?...This could be the thing can be used to get an researcher involved in MS research......


  1. I've donated my brain to the National's Brain Bank and the portion of my estate that would otherwise go to inheritance tax to MS research/care. Hoping they won't be collecting it for a good few years, mind.

  2. Thanks for posting this! It is indeed Remember a Charity week this week. Their website is always helpful for any prospective Will-makers – it contains a lot of very useful information:

    I am always happy to talk to anyone who has any questions about writing or amending a Will. If anyone wants a chat about it during RAC week then, please, do just give me a ring on 020 8438 0974.

    Many thanks,

    Adam West (MS Society)


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