5 reasons to make a will
1. Peace of mind
An up-to-date will makes sure that the people and causes that matter to you most will be looked after in the way you want them to.
2. Save on tax
In some cases, having a will can help to reduce the amount of inheritance tax that needs to be paid on your estate.
3. Help your family
A will gives family and friends reassurance that they’re acting on your wishes, and helps them to take care of your estate.
4. Make your wishes known
Without a will, what happens to your whole estate will be decided by the law. Writing a will means you can keep control.
5. Protect rights
If you aren’t married or in a civil partnership, you don’t have the same rights as someone who’s married. You can provide for your partner by including them in your will.
Leaving a charity gift in your will
"I've put off writing a will for ages. Now, with 2 young children, I realise I need to plan ahead. It's much easier than I thought and I'm leaving something for the next generation of children."
“My mother took away my childhood. I decided to use my experience to do something positive and leave a gift to the NSPCC. I’m doing something for children and it feels great!”
"When I lost someone close to me, I realised how important it is to write a will. It is a great relief to friends and family to know they’re carrying out your wishes."
If you're thinking about leaving a gift to the NSPCC and would like to talk us, our team are here to help you to:
- find out more about how your charity gift can help children
- discuss how you might like your gift to us to be spent
- meet with a member of our team face-to-face
If you do decide to leave a gift to help children 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).
Here is the suggested wording you'll need to add to your will. Take this along to an appointment with your solicitor or legal professional.
Residuary gift (share of your estate):
"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."
Pecuniary gift (set sum):
"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."
Download our simple guide to gifts in wills
Need to write or update your will?
Every November, through Will Aid, you can have your will written by a local solicitor. Instead of paying their fee, you're invited to give a donation to charity. The suggested voluntary donation is £95 for a basic will or £150 for a pair of basic mirror wills.
Remember A Charity
We're a proud member of Remember A Charity, which encourages people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their will. Use their search tool to help you to find a local solicitor, who'll be able to advise you on leaving gifts to charities when making a will.
Write a will for free
As a member of the National Free Wills Network, we can offer you the opportunity to have a simple will prepared for free by a local solicitor.
Other ways to support us
Donate in memory
You can set up a Tribute Fund or make a donation in memory of a loved one and support our work with children and families across the country.
Volunteer for us
From volunteering at an event to supporting our services, you could join our team of volunteers and make a huge difference to children.