Remember A Charity Week 9-15th September

It’s a common myth that only the rich and famous leave money to charity in their Will. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. The reality is that without gifts in Wills from people like you, many of the charities we know and support wouldn’t even exist.

Gifts in Wills are vital to the work of most charities. After you’ve taken care of loved ones, you may wish to leave a gift in your Will to your favourite charity and pass on something wonderful to future generations.

The donation can be as small or large as you like – every gift makes a big difference.

Many people believe that writing a Will is complicated, but in fact it’s relatively straightforward.

We’re working with Lexikin to make it as easy as possible to let your loved ones know your wishes. It’s free to set up and takes less than 5 minutes on any device!

How to leave a gift to us in your Will

Leaving a gift in your Will to us is easier than you might think – just follow the following steps:

  1. Make a note of the charity name, address and registered charity number. Here are our details:
    The Big Issue Foundation (Charity No. 1049077)
    3rd Floor, 113-115 Fonthill Road, London, N4 3HH
  2. Find a solicitor or professional Will writer to help you write your Will. Lexikin can help you to find qualified advisors to support you.
  3. Read this guide on making a Will for advice on what you need to consider when writing your Will.
  4. Provide your solicitor or Will writer with details of your chosen charity

Updating an existing Will to include a gift to us

If you want to leave a gift to us but you’ve already made a Will, that’s no problem – there are a couple of ways you can change it.

  1. Write a new Will
    The simplest way is to write a new Will. Once written, any Wills made by that person in the past become void. In fact, most Wills will start by reciting that you’re writing a Will and that you’re revoking previous Wills.
  2. Codicils
    The other way is to write a codicil, which is a document used to make changes to an existing Will.It’s used as a way to make simple amendments like adding a charity, changing a gift amount or adding an executor. This is all quite straightforward but problems can occur if you ever want to cancel the Will in the future.When you cancel a Will that contains a codicil, the codicil does not get cancelled automatically, so when you write a new Will it can create inconsistencies and legal problems. To avoid this, make sure that any new Will clearly states that you are revoking all Wills and codicils previously made.

Letting us Know

We respect your right to privacy and understand if you don’t want to tell us about your decision, though we’d love to have the opportunity to say thank you. If you do want to let us know, you can do so by filling in the Legacy Pledge Notification form.

Your notification will help us know if there is a future source of income so we can plan ahead to put your donation towards a worthwhile project in our work.

Need More Help?

If you have any further questions, feel free to get in touch with our team, by emailing foundation@bigissue.com calling 020 7526 3458.

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