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Remember Crisis in your Will

Leaving a gift in your will is a chance to change the future, and end homelessness for generations to come

The most recent statistics on homelessness in the UK show that figures are still high, and our services are constantly expanding to meet growing demand. We must make sure we are there for homeless people in the future – and your legacy will be a great help. 

Leaving a gift

Leaving a gift to Crisis in your will is easy. There are four simple steps

One

Write down what you own – property, savings, and valuables – and work out an approximate value

Two

Decide who you want to benefit – family members, friends – as well as Crisis

Three

Decide what type of gift you want to leave to each of those you have named – see below for the two main types

Four

Make an appointment with a solicitor who can then draft your will based on your wishes

 

Your intentions

By letting us know your intentions you will help us greatly in planning for the future, and ensure that we do not contact you unnecessarily. Sharing your plans with us won’t hold you to any obligation whatsoever, and whatever you tell us will stay absolutely confidential. 

Let us know your intentions

One simple way to change an existing will is to use a codicil – a small addition to your will, phrased in the correct way. You should talk to a solicitor about this and remember to keep the codicil in a safe place with your will.

You can contact the Law Society on 020 7320 5650, or visit their website at www.lawsociety.org.uk where you can access their free Find a Solicitor service.

A residuary legacy is a percentage of the remainder of your estate after all other gifts to family and friends have been distributed and all outgoings have been dealt with. This type of gift is especially valuable to Crisis because the growing value of your estate protects your gift against inflation.

Alternatively you may wish to leave a fixed sum of money, called a pecuniary gift. If you choose this option, you may wish to index-link your bequest as it will tend to decrease in value over time.

Your solicitor will ask you for any details they need, but you should always include our full charity name, (Crisis UK); address, (66 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT) and registered charity numbers (1082947 for England & Wales, SC040094 for Scotland).

Remember to keep a copy of your will for your own reference, and keep the original document in a safe place.

I give free of Inheritance Tax, to Crisis UK registered charity number 1082947 (England & Wales) and SC040094 (Scotland) of 66 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT ………. per cent (percentage in words and figures) of my residuary estate for the general purposes of the said Charity.

The receipt of the Secretary or other officer for the time being of the said charity shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

Gifts of all sizes can make a real difference and will help us transform the lives of homeless people. Don’t be put off if you feel you do not have much to offer. We can assure you that every gift we receive in someone’s will is both special and useful.

Your gift will be taken off the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated. You can reduce your Inheritance Tax rate if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity.

 

Whichever type of gift you choose, it is important that you use the correct form of words. This will make sure your will truly reflects what you want to happen.

The wording below gives an example of what you might say in your will. However, we always recommend that you take professional advice to ensure the legacy meets your personal circumstances.

I give free of Inheritance Tax the Sum of ……………….pounds (£………) (amount in words and figures) to Crisis UK registered charity number 1082947 (England & Wales) and SC040094 (Scotland) of 66 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT

The receipt of the Secretary or other officer for the time being of the said charity shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

Contact us

If you need any further information about making or changing your Will, or about Crisis’ work in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’ll do all we can to help.

You can email us at wills@crisis.org.uk or call 020 7036 2875