1: Get your free Legacy Guide
Find out how to give the gift of a lifetime by downloading our Legacy Guide today, which includes information on why Wills are vital for the British Liver Trust and how to prepare your Will.Download now
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3: Write your Free Will
We work with two will writing services, Bequeathed and Guardian Angel. They each offer different services, so you can choose the best fit for you. Find out more about them below.Find out more
As a British Liver Trust supporter, you can write your Will for free with one of our partners; Bequeathed or Guardian Angel.
- Free Will For Good for single and joint Wills
- Covers the whole UK
- Up to 30 minutes of expert advice from accredited legal firms
- No fee for making changes to your Will
- Get started by completing an online questionnaire in as little as 20 minutes
- Phone, video call, home visits or office appointments available – you choose
To find out more or start writing your Will, please visit Bequeathed.
- Free Will writing with the British Liver Trust, normally £90
- You can write your will online in as little as 15 minutes, with easy-to-use step-by-step support
- Phone or face to face will writing services for those that would rather speak directly to a solicitor
- In-house expert approval
- Keep your Will up to date for just £10 a year
To find out more or to book an appointment please visit Guardian Angel or call the team on 0800 773 4014, referencing the British Liver Trust for your free will service.
My son Joseph became increasingly unwell from the age of 16 and was finally diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis 8 years later. He died when he was 24. I feel that my legacy to the Trust will help further research possibilities into liver disease which could develop treatments which will enable patients to live longer and fuller lives. – Elaine
Liam is Joseph’s cousin, and shares a birthday with him, so the family mark two birthdays on the same day every year. Liam finds supporting the Trust a good way to remember Joseph. As he explains:
The British Liver Trust supported Joseph and his mum, my Aunt Elaine, and still do now, 18 years on from losing him. We support the charity, it helps us to keep his memory at the forefront of our memories. – Liam
When you pledge a gift in your Will to the British Liver Trust we promise:
- To keep in touch if you would like us to
- To treat you and your next of kin with respect and sensitivity
- To ensure you remain anonymous at your request
- To dedicate your gift to vital projects and services
- To spend your gift as you would wish
Gifts in Wills made by supporters like you are helping to fund vital patient support services and patient-led research projects. Your gift will help us fight liver disease long into the future.
Why is pledging a gift in your Will so important to the British Liver Trust?
The British Liver Trust was established in 1988 by Professor Dame Sheila Sherlock, a pioneering hepatologist, who was determined to give liver disease patients a voice.
With the help of our legacy pledgers, we have achieved so much in the past three decades. From our unique liver nurse-led helpline to lobbying the government for UK-wide policy changes, we are now the leading UK liver charity for adults. We support thousands of patients and loved ones every year, and are effective campaigners for improving early detection and standards of care.
We know you support our mission, but we also know we have a long way to go to shift the balance towards a world free from liver disease. With a gift in your Will, you can help safeguard future generations from experiencing stigma or late diagnosis. You can help make a true difference.
Anthony Weber, Partner at Coles Miller Solicitors LLP, answers some of the most common questions about preparing your Will.
To find out more about leaving a gift to the British Liver Trust in your Will, please contact Audrey Cornelius Head of Fundraising
Call: 01425 481320, or email: email@example.com
If you do not have a Will, your wishes may not be carried out and loved ones and charities that you care about may not receive what you wish from your Estate.
Fees vary from solicitor to solicitor, generally starting at around £175 + VAT for a standard Will. The British Liver Trust has some free and discounted offers for supporters.
No one can predict the future. It takes a small amount of time and effort to make a Will, and lets your loved ones avoid a lot of expense and heartache later on. Without a Will, the fate of your assets is out of your hands. An unmarried partner, for example, may not inherit anything, which may come as a shock and cause financial hardship. Don’t leave your loved ones in a vulnerable position – once you have prepared your Will, you will have peace of mind that those closest to you will be looked after and any charities you wish to include will be supported.
Firstly, it is important to appoint at least one guardian for any child who is currently under the age of 18. This appointment grants the guardian the right to be involved in decisions about the child’s health, welfare and education. Secondly, if your children are to receive a share of your estate, general law prevents a child from inheriting before the age of 18. Many parents prefer to postpone to their 21st or even 25th birthday; in the meantime the Executors and Trustees you have appointed will be responsible for managing and investing the estate until your children reach the age you have chosen.
It is vital that he person you choose to act as Executor or Trustee of your Will is someone who you trust absolutely to ensure your wishes are complied with. There is no reason you cannot appoint someone who is a beneficiary of your Will, though some people prefer to appoint a firm of solicitors to act as this ensures the estate is administered fairly, promptly and properly. Appointing a solicitor as your Executor will reduce the risk of any mistakes or losses, and the solicitor will have insurance, in the unlikely event that such a loss occurs.
Your Will is only your last Will until you make a new one to replace it. If you are not sure if your Will still works in your current circumstances the best advice is to speak to a solicitor (most solicitors will not charge for such a meeting).
Personal and financial circumstances change, as does tax law and inheritance law. You should review your Will every 5 years (or sooner if your circumstances change dramatically) to ensure it still reflects your wishes, protecting your family and any charitable gifts. Most solicitors will offer a free short review meeting, where they will advise if any changes are needed, and what the costs will be.
The act of marriage or entering a civil partnership revokes (cancels) a Will made before the event, but you can prepare a Will ‘in contemplation’ of the event, and provide the Will expressly declares it is not to be revoked by the marriage/civil partnership to a specific person; it will remain valid after the ceremony. So there is no need to put off making a Will until afterwards.
All gifts in your Will can be a specific amount or a percentage of your estate, and charitable gifts are the same. 1% to a charity would leave 99% for your loved ones, and the amount will hold its value over time.
Your solicitor will know the wording to use, but here is an example: “I leave to (CHARITY NAME) of (CHARITY ADDRESS) Charity Registration Number: (xxxxxxx) x% (of my estate) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer of the charity shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.”
For further information on leaving a gift in your will to charity, visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk
Unlike marriage or civil partnership, a divorce (i.e. Decree Absolute) does not cancel a Will. The Will remains valid and the divorce/dissolution merely removes your Ex as a beneficiary and Executor, so your Estate will be distributed as if they had died during your lifetime. However, until the divorce has been finalised, your spouse/civil partner will remain entitled to share in your estate either under your Will or ender intestacy rules. In order to ensure your wishes are carried out, you are strongly advised to update your Will as soon as you start divorce/dissolution proceedings.
In certain circumstances it may be possible to use your Will to minimise the charge to Inheritance Tax. It is best to seek advice from a solicitor on current rates and how best to manage this aspect of your Estate.
An Executor is the person named in a Will who is legally responsible for carrying out the instructions left in it.
If you are an executor or solicitor who wishes to pay in a legacy gift to the British Liver Trust, please email Audrey.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01425 481 320 with details of the gift and the name of the deceased, and we will provide payment details.
To include the British Liver Trust in your Will, please make sure you include our registered charity number and address details to ensure the gift reaches us.
Registered Office: Venta Court, 20 Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8FE
Registered Charity England and Wales 298858, Scotland SC042140. Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and Wales, Company No 2227706
This Frequently Asked Questions guide has been produced for the British Liver Trust in partnership with Coles Miller Solicitors LLP Wills and Probate team. You should always seek professional advice when making or updating your Will.
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