Legacy FAQs

How to make a gift in your Will

There are four kinds of legacy you can leave to help us with our valuable work. You can choose the most appropriate way for you to make a lasting difference for others, while still ensuring that your closest loved ones are taken care of first.

  • A residuary legacy is part or all of your estate (after debts, funeral costs and other legacies are paid).
  • A pecuniary legacy is the gift of a specific sum of money.
  • A specific legacy is the gift of a particular item – for example, a piece of property or a valuable antique to be used or sold by the beneficiary.
  • A reversionary legacy is worth considering if you are worried about providing for your family but don't want to turn your back on your favourite causes.   It means that you can leave assets to a named individual for their lifetime whilst at the same time deciding who should benefit after they have passed away.

For more information about making a gift in your will please contact us directly or visit these useful websites:

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Inheritance Tax

If you choose to leave a gift to a charity in your will, its value will be deducted from your estate (your money, possessions and property) before Inheritance Tax is worked out.   Gifts made to a charity in the seven years before your death are exempt from Inheritance Tax

More information about Inheritance Tax from HMRC.

What should I write in my Will?

If you would like to remember us in your will, here is some suggested wording for your solicitor:

Residuary Gift wording

“I give to the Architects Benevolent Society (Registered Charity No. 265139) of 43 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH all/ fraction / percentage share of the residue of my estate, to be used for its general charitable purposes, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge.”

Pecuniary or Specific Gift wording

“I give to the Architects Benevolent Society (Registered Charity No. 265139) of 43 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH, the sum of £ amount/specific gift of my (item), to be used for its general charitable purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge.”

View HMRC Information - Leaving gifts to charity in your will.
 

The difference a gift in your Will makes

If you would like to know more about the huge difference a legacy gift can make to the lives of others, giving them hope and a brighter future then please contact our team who can tell you about our work in more detail.

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