Five simple steps to prepare 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.
- Work out the value of your estate
Think about everything you own, minus anything you owe. This could be property, savings or digital assets. You might find our list of assets helpful to work out the value of your estate.
- Choose how you would like to leave your estate
Make a list of the people and charities you want to benefit from your estate.
- If you have dependent children and/or pets, choose guardians
Think about who you would choose to be their legal guardian.
- Choose your executors
Think about who is going to manage your estate and carry out your wishes. They would be your executor.
- Make notes of any questions
It’s good to have them all in one place, to talk through with your solicitor or will writer.
If you have already made a will and wish to add The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as a beneficiary, you can do it by downloading and completing our codicil form.
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."
Get your FREE gifts in Wills guide
By leaving a legacy gift in your will to the NSPCC, you can give the most powerful gift – a safe and happy childhood.
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.