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A gift in your Will

After taking care of your loved ones please think about leaving a gift to Helen & Douglas House. Gifts in Wills are crucial to us, without them we wouldn’t be able to help as many families as we do. Leaving us a gift in your Will ensures that we can continue to offer care and support to those who need us both now and in the future. However large or small your gift is, every penny will make a difference.

Why should you write a Will?

Your Will is one of the most important documents you will ever write. It is the only way you can stipulate who benefits from your Will and can also minimise the impact of inheritance tax.

Families are often complicated these days; this can cause complications for inheritance if you die without a Will. Did you know that if you and your partner are not married and you do not have Wills you cannot inherit each other’s estates - even if you have children together? Without a Will the law decides who inherits your assets which may mean that they go to people you did not intend them to.

Not only is providing an up to date Will the only way to ensure that your wishes are honoured after your passing, it alleviates the pressure in what can be a difficult time for those left behind.

Reduce Inheritance Tax by 4% by leaving a gift to charity

A legacy left to charity is exempt from inheritance tax. From April 2012 changes to inheritance tax mean that if you leave 10% or more of your net estate to a charity or charities, the rate of inheritance tax payable on the remainder of the estate will be reduced by 40% to 36%. This means you can leave a more significant gift to charity should you wish to, with less effect on the value of any other gifts you leave to your family and friends.

Different types of legacies

Residuary: The remainder of your estate once all the gifts have been distributed. It can be a percentage or the whole of the remainder of the estate.

Pecuniary: A fixed sum of money. It can be from a few pounds to thousands of pounds. You may need to review your Will from time to time as your circumstances change.

Specific: A specific gift such as jewellery, a painting or stocks and shares.

If you already have an up to date Will but would like to leave us a gift the easiest way to do this is to fill in a codicil form in the presence of two witnesses and ask your solicitor to keep it with your will. You can download one here or ask us to send you one.

How to write a Will

Whether you already have a Will or you are planning to write your Will for the first time, it really isn’t hard to do. We strongly recommend you visit a solicitor to make sure that your wishes for your family and other beneficiaries cannot be misunderstood later.

The following solicitors will either write or amend a basic will, free of charge, in return for a donation to Helen & Douglas House; we suggest £100 for an individual Will and £150 for a joint Will.

Gardner Leader LLP, Newbury
Robert Jobson
(01635) 508142

Hine Solicitors, Summertown
Edward James
(01865) 514348

HMG Law LLP, Oxford
Anna Casey-Woodward
(01865) 244661

Withy King, Oxford
Tom Gilman
(01865) 268664

Please contact the participating solicitors directly to arrange an appointment. If one is unable to accommodate you please contact another on the list.
We thank these solicitors for their support of Helen & Douglas House.

When you put a gift in your Will to Helen & Douglas House...

  • Your loved ones come first
  • We will not put you under pressure; any decisions must be made in your own time.
    We will use your gift respectfully and wisely.
  • You don’t have to tell us of your decision; we respect your right to privacy.
  • If you want your gift to be spent in a certain area let us know and we will insure your wish is carried out.
  • We will answer any questions honestly and quickly
  • You can come and see our service first hand, just let us know and we will be delighted to arrange a visit.

Please contact us on 01865 799150 / if you have any questions or would like to discuss this further.

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