What kind of legacy or gift can be left in a will?
There are 3 main types of gift you can leave in your will:
A residuary gift is a percentage of your estate once any specified gifts have been made to friends and family. Many of our supporters choose to leave this type of gift because it's value will be dependent on the value of your estate at any given time rather than a set amount. This provides supporters with more flexibility when deciding how to ensure that their loved ones are well looked after first and foremost.
A pecuniary gift is a specific amount of money. It’s worth bearing in mind that the effects of inflation mean that this type of gift is likely to lose value over time and may end up being less than you initially intend.
A specific gift is a gift of a specified item – such as a personal possession, land, buildings or stocks and shares.
Suggested wording to add a gift to the Marfan Trust in a will
This suggested legal wording will assist your solicitor in drawing up or amending your will to include your gift to help our vital work.
Wording for a residuary gift
I give the residue of my estate to Marfan Trust, Guy Scadding Building, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY (Registered Charity Number 328070) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Chair or other proper officer of the said charity for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said gift.
Wording for a gift of money or an item
I give the sum of £_____ (or the item specified) to Marfan Trust, Guy Scadding Building, Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY (Registered Charity Number 328070) for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Chair or other proper officer of the said charity for the time being shall be a full and sufficient discharge for the said gift.
Let us know you've left us a gift
We would be very grateful if you could let us know if you've included a gift to the Marfan Trust in your will, so we can share our thanks for your amazingly kind gesture. We understand your will is a private matter, so anything you share with us will be kept confidential. Feel free to email us at [email protected] to let us know of your legacy or if you have any questions about doing this.