We know that your first priority when making a will is to provide for your loved ones, but many people find that even after they’ve done this they can leave something to a cause they hold dear.
Leaving Mission Direct a gift in your will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support us. It costs nothing during your lifetime but will have a powerful impact for years to come.
There are a number of different ways you can remember Mission Direct in your will, depending on your circumstances. It doesn’t have to be a large amount, because every penny makes a difference.
A good way to help is to leave a percentage of what is left of your estate or assets. This is known as a ‘residuary bequest’. If you have already made a will, but want to add a residuary gift to Mission Direct, your solicitor can advise you on how you can do this without affecting the specific gifts you leave your family and friends. Also, inflation will not erode the value of residuary gifts over the years.
You may wish to leave us a stated sum of money. This kind of gift is known as a pecuniary bequest. Alternatively, if you are concerned that inflation may erode your gift over the years, then it is also possible to leave an index linked pecuniary gift in your will.
You may wish to leave us a particular item (known as a specific bequest), which can be sold to support our work. It could be property or an item of value such as an antique or a piece of jewellery.
Your solicitor or other professional adviser will help you with the wording of your gift, but look in our Frequently Asked Questions for some examples of wording you might consider.
Are you put off by some of the daunting legal terms involved in the will making process? We have put together some of the most common terms used and a simple explanation of what they mean:
Someone who is appointed by law to settle your affairs if you die without a will.
Anyone who receives from a will.
A gift left in a will - see legacy below
Crown or treasury
The government. Where your money and property go if you have not made a will and have no next of kin.
The total value of everything you own at your death, less any outstanding commitments
The people you choose to ensure the instructions in your will are carried out. They can be a solicitor, a friend or a family member.
A 40% tax payable on estates worth over £325,000. Money left to your spouse or a charity is not taxed. If your spouse pre-deceased you and did not use up their full inheritance allowance, this will be added to your own at the rate prevailing at your death.
Legacy 10 came into force on 6th april 2012. For people who die after this date and leave 10% of their estate to charity there is a corresponding reduction in the overall rate of inheritance tax payable on the rest of the estate from 40% to 36%. It is also possible to achieve this saving by way of a deed of variation after someone has died too by inserting the legacy to charity into their will after death.
The name for the situation which arises when someone dies without making a will.
A gift left in a will. (Otherwise called a bequest) it can be...
Specific: a gift of a definite object or property.
Pecuniary: a gift of a specific sum of money.
Residuary: a gift of all, or a percentage of, your estate left after all other legacies and expenses have been paid
Reversionary: a gift to someone for their lifetime which after their death goes to someone else
Probate (in Scotland confirmation)
The legal process to establish whether your will is valid and the legacies can be distributed as specified.
You, the person making the will.
An arrangement you can make in your will to administer part of your assets after your death.