How to prepare to write your Will
Writing your Will for the first time may feel like a daunting task but it doesn't have to be. It can help to first think about what you own, who you want to remember, and what’s important to you after you’re gone.
- Think about everything you own. This could be property or digital assets, savings and investments. Consider their value and write it all down.
- Your family and loved ones will always come first. Make a list of the people you want to benefit from your estate.
- If you have children under 18, think about who you would choose to be their legal guardian should you pass away before they are 18.
- Think about the causes and charities which are important to you and you may like to remember in your Will.
- Finally, you'll need to think about who is going to manage your estate and carry out your wishes. This will be your executor.
How to leave a gift to charity in your Will
Giving in your Will is more straightforward than you might expect. Download our Will writing guide for easy, step-by-step instructions to changing or writing your Will.
- Decide which type of gift you’d like to leave in your Will
There are 2 main types of gift you might choose – a share of your estate (residuary gift) or a set sum (pecuniary gift).
- Contact your solicitor or a Will writing service
We have lots of options to choose from.
- Give them details about the cause you want to remember
Provide the amount you’d like to leave and the charity's details. We have wording to help if you choose to leave a gift to the NSPCC.
How to leave a share of your estate to charity
If you’d like to leave a residuary gift to the NSPCC, take the below wording along to an appointment with your chosen solicitor or legal professional.
"I leave.........per cent of the residue of my real and personal estate to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children of Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH, registered charity numbers: 216401 and SC037717."
How to leave a set sum to charity in your Will
If you’d like to leave a pecuniary gift to the NSPCC, take the below wording along to an appointment with your chosen solicitor or legal professional.
"I leave the sum of ...........(in words) pounds £....... (in figures) to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children of Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3NH, registered charity numbers: 216401 and SC037717."
Help and support for executors and solicitors
Our promises to you
We're so grateful that you're thinking about leaving a gift to the NSPCC. By becoming a legacy guardian, you're helping to protect a generation of children from abuse. Our promises to you (PDF) demonstrate a lasting commitment to you, your family and loved ones, and the children your gift will help.
How to find a solicitor or Will writing service
We always recommend using a solicitor or legal professional if you are thinking of writing or amending your Will. Our range of Will writing offers are free or offered at discounted rates. Or you can visit the Law Society to find a solicitor in your local area.