Legacies - Where there's a will...
We rely heavily on the generosity of local people to fund our core services. Leaving West Suffolk Sight a gift in your will, however large or small, will help to ensure that we continue to provide essential support services to people with sight loss and visual impairment. We provide a lifeline for people in West Suffolk coming to terms with losing their sight. By remembering us in your will you can ensure that this vital help continues in the future. So once you've remembered your loved ones, please consider remembering West Suffolk Sight too.
Types of gifts
Here are examples of different kinds of gifts you can make in your will:
- The remainder of your estate after you have provided for your friends and family
- An amount of money specified in your will, e.g. £1000
- A special gift, e.g. an antique, a stamp collection or even property or shares
Local people who are visually impaired and living in West Suffolk will benefit from your generosity. Helping a local charity in which you believe can be very important and legacy bequests to charities are free of inheritance tax so more of the money goes to help the cause you support.
Do I have to make a new will?
If you have an existing will it may be possible to simply amend it with a codicil but you should take your solicitor's advice.
If you do not have an existing will it's a good idea to make one and essential if you wish to make a charitable donation from your estate. West Suffolk Sight does not give financial or legal advice but if you wish to find a solicitor to make a new will you can visit this website: www.lawsociety.org.uk
You can also contact The Law Society by telephone on 0870 606 2555
How do I word my will?
We recommend that you seek professional advice when drawing up your will but here are two examples of types of clause you could use.
To leave a residuary legacy (the remainder of your estate after you have provided for your loved ones):
"I give all (or ...% of) the residue of my estate to West Suffolk Sight, whose registered address for the time being is Disability Resource Centre, 4 Bunting Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7BX (Registered charity number 1172972) for its general purposes"
To leave a specific legacy (money or an asset of value, such as an antique, stocks and shares or even property):
"I give to West Suffolk Sight, whose registered address for the time being is Disability Resource Centre, 4 Bunting Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7BX (Registered charity number 1172972) the sum of £... (or name of specific asset) for its general purposes"