Leaving a gift to your Better Leeds Communities when you die can make a lasting impact on the people that we support in Leeds.
Any gift - however big or small - can make a real difference in the future and help us to continue our work to ensure that everyone experiencing issues with regard to debt, housing and benefits gets support and respect they need.
Without gifts in wills Better Leeds Communities will not in future years be able to do the ‘extras’, small actions that support the people we support; and the work we do in the local community. Any gift, no matter how large or small, makes a lasting difference.
What are the different types of legacy?
You have a choice when it comes to how you gift money. There are three types of legacies, depending whether you want to leave a physical item or a cash gift: pecuniary, specific, and residuary.
This is the simplest form of legacy to leave to a charity, and the most common. Basically, it’s a cash amount, so you state in your will that you wish to leave £X to a particular charity. The executor of the estate is in charge of ensuring this sum gets to your charity of choice.
This is when you leave a particular item, such as property or shares. So, you could, for example, leave £X worth of individual shares to charity.
This is when you leave the whole or share of what’s left to Better Leeds Communities once everything else has been paid such as gifts, taxes, debts and costs.
What to do
Remember to include the details of Better Leeds Communities in your will carefully, to avoid any disputes - this will include our registered charity number and address.
We recommend using a qualified solicitor to make a new will or to amend an existing will. You can find a solicitor in your local area using the Law Society’s website. You may also find our Gifts in Wills Guide useful. It includes further options and step-by-step advice with some basic information about will making.