Common questions about gifts in wills answered
Please find below the answers to some questions you may have.
Which type of gift in my will would have the most impact on blind veterans’ lives?
Anything you decide to leave us, whatever the amount, is gratefully received and will make a great difference to the lives of blind veterans. However, a share of your estate or residuary gift is often the most effective way to help. It means you can make sure your family and friends are provided for in the way you intended, while still providing us with funds to plan our work. That gives us confidence that we can provide life-long care to blind veterans who need us
Do you have any examples of the right wording to use in my will?
Yes. Here is some suggested wording however we would always recommend you seek the advice of your solicitor:
A share in your estate or residuary gift:
“I give free of inheritance tax the residue of my estate to Blind Veterans UK, whose Registered Office is 12-14 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HD Registered Charity No. 216227, for the general charitable purposes of the Association and I declare that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or other authorised official for the time being shall be a good discharge to my Executors.”
A cash or pecuniary gift:
"I give free of inheritance tax to Blind Veterans UK whose Registered Office is 12- 14 Harcourt Street, London, W1H 4HD Registered Charity No. 216227: the sum of ... (in words) pounds, £000000 ... (figures) for the general charitable purposes of Blind Veterans UK, and I declare that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or other authorised official for the time being shall be a good discharge to my Executors".
Can I use a gift to Blind Veterans UK to reduce the Inheritance Tax I pay?
If you leave a gift to charity in your will, your gift will be free of inheritance tax. Leaving 10% (or more) of your estate to a charity like Blind Veterans UK, the inheritance tax rate is reduced to 36% of everything over £325,000.
Please speak to your solicitor for advice on how to limit the amount of inheritance tax your estate will be liable to. For more inheritance tax information visit HMRC.
Do you offer a Free will service?
Yes, we offer two Free Will services. Our online service with Bequeathed offers step by step instructions on how to complete a simple will online or you can use the Free Will Network to make your will offline with a solicitor. Please see the Get free support creating your Will section for more information.
Do you still do the same work as St Dunstan’s did?
Yes. Although the name has changed, our work and ethos still remains the same as it did when the charity was started in 1915.
Do I need to change St Dunstan’s to Blind Veterans UK in my will, or in my Codicil, now that your name has changed?
No. The fact that the charity's name has changed does not alter the benefit you intended. The charity's aims and charity registered number will not change. The only time you would need to change the wording is if you were to re-write your will or alter the benefit to us in a Codicil.
Has your address changed?
No. The charity's address remains the same and is Blind Veterans UK, 12-14 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HD
Will my Executors still be able to find St Dunstan’s in the future?
Yes. Although the name of the charity has changed, the charity number and the remaining details and aims of the charity will remain the same. Your Executors will be able to trace us through the Charity Commission.