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Gifts in Wills – frequently asked questions

Photo: Give deaf children the gift of opportunities in your Will

Useful information to help you make your decision and write your Will

Making a Will and keeping it up to date is the best way to set out your wishes, and ensures the people and causes you care about are provided for exactly as you want them to be. Without one, your estate may not be shared as you would have chosen. 

A Will can give you peace of mind and make things much simpler for your family and friends at a difficult time by making your intentions clear.

How to write or update your Will

Do I need a solicitor to write my Will?

Whether you are making a new Will or updating an existing one, we recommend that you seek professional advice from a solicitor. They have the legal expertise to ensure your Will is valid, and they can clearly express and carry out your wishes.

You can find a solicitor in your local area using the Law Society’s website.

It saves time and money to be prepared before you speak to a solicitor. Our Will Planner can help get your thoughts in order.

Is making a Will expensive?

Writing your Will doesn’t have to be expensive - and it's money well spent. It can help make sure your loved ones don’t pay any more Inheritance Tax than they need to, and avoid any expensive legal complications later on.

Our free will writing services

We are delighted to be able to offer our supporters the choice of two free Will-writing services.

The Goodwill Partnership can make the process of making your Will extremely simple. A trained counsellor comes to your home to take your instructions and your Will is then written by a qualified solicitor.

Alternatively, Farewill is an online service, making it extremely quick to write your own Will. You'll be guided step-by-step through a series of questions to create your own Will. Expert legal advisors are online to help should you have any questions.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Jen Corbett, our Gifts in Wills Manager on 020 7014 1102 or email giftsinwills@ndcs.org.uk 

How can I change my existing Will?

Once you have made your Will, it’s important to regularly review it to take into account any changes in your life. You can make amendments to your Will at any time. If the changes are simple and straightforward it might be possible for you to use a form called a Codicil. As the addition of a Codicil will affect the contents of your Will, we always recommend that you seek professional legal advice. If the changes are more complicated, it is likely you will need a new Will.

What is Inheritance Tax and how does it affect me?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is charged on the portion of your estate that exceeds a certain value at the time of your death. A gift to charity in your Will is tax-free and could reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax due. Also, under current law, if you leave 10% of your estate to charity, it may reduce the overall rate of inheritance tax to be paid.

We would always recommend talking to your solicitor or financial advisor as the rules around inheritance tax can change, and everyone’s circumstances are different. 

Leaving a gift to the National Deaf Children's Society

Why should I leave a gift to the National Deaf Children’s Society?

Gifts in Wills are our second largest source of income. These special gifts already fund so much of the vital support and services we provide. Without gifts in Wills we simply couldn’t help as many deaf children and their families as we do.

No matter how big or small, leaving a gift in your Will to the National Deaf Children’s Society will help us build a future with greater opportunity for deaf children and challenge whatever barriers they may face, simply because they are deaf.

For more details, you can request our information pack.

Will my money be put to good use?

Gifts in Wills are our second largest source of income and we rely on them to fund so much of our vital support and services for deaf children. Read our Impact Report to see how gifts and donations were used last year to support deaf children and their families.

We promise that any gift you choose to leave us, large or small, will be used wisely where it will have the greatest impact for deaf children and young people.

What details do I need to include if I want to leave a gift to you?

The most important bits of information to include are our name, address and registered charity number:

National Deaf Children’s Society
Ground Floor South,
Castle House
37- 45 Paul Street
London
EC2A 4LS

Registered Charity no.: England and Wales (1016532) and Scotland (SCO40779)

We've also produced some suggested wording for your Will to take to your solicitor.

What type of gift can I leave to the National Deaf Children’s Society?

The choice is yours. Some people simply leave a specific amount of money. However, we completely respect that you will want to prioritise your family and friends. Many people prefer to include a gift that is a percentage or share of whatever is left, once all the other gifts you leave your loved ones have been made. This is a very straightforward way to leave a gift, and it’s not affected by inflation in the same way as a set sum of money.

Can I choose how my gift will be spent?

It’s hard to know exactly what challenges lie ahead in the next 10 to 20 years, so most people allow us the discretion to use their gift wherever it will have the greatest impact. We regularly review our support and services to ensure they keep pace with the needs of deaf children and their families, and gifts in wills that have no restrictions help us to do that.

If you do have any questions about specific areas of our work, you can contact Jen Corbett, our Gifts in Wills Manager on 020 7014 1102 or email giftsinwills@ndcs.org.uk.

Do I need to let you know if I’ve left National Deaf Children’s Society a gift in my Will?

Knowing that someone has included a gift in their Will helps us plan for the future with a little more confidence. If you choose to tell us about your gift, you can let us know with our Confidential Pledge Form. We’d love the opportunity to say thank you. However, we appreciate that it’s your Will and the decisions it contains are personal. Only tell us if you want to.

What if I don't think I have anything to leave?

Our simple Will Planner can help you work out exactly what you have, and help you prepare for writing your Will. 

However, if you are worried that you might not be able to provide for family and loved ones then perhaps you might consider leaving a small share of whatever is left once family and friends have been provided for. 

Any gift large or small is very gratefully received. Whatever you can afford, we’ll put it to good use where it will have the greatest impact for deaf children.

What if I change my mind about a gift to the National Deaf Children’s Society?

We understand that circumstances may change, and you are always free to change your mind. You can amend your will either by re-writing it or adding a codicil at any time.