How to give a gift to conservation in your will
We are very happy to discuss your plans to remember World Land Trust in your will. We realise you may have questions about how your money will be used and how to go about making a legacy. It is also hugely beneficial to us to know in advance if our supporters have decided to leave a legacy to the WLT.
For a confidential conversation please contact WLT’s Head of Communications, Viv Burton, on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the WLT offices @ +44 (0) 1986 874422
Remember A Charity
World Land Trust is part of Remember A Charity - a consortium of more than 140 charities set up to raise awareness of the importance of making a will and leaving gifts to charities. You can also visit Remember A Charity's website for further information about writing a will and leaving a charitable legacy.
We always recommend that you seek legal advice when writing or amending a will but you may like to consider:
How you would like us to use your legacy
- Unrestricted legacies are the most flexible, and let WLT use the funds as most urgently needed at the time they are received. If you wish to ensure your gift goes directly to a particular project please speak to us directly as we can advise on wording that will give us some future flexibility while still meeting your wishes.
- What sort of bequest? You can choose to leave a sum of money, a specific item or you can leave a share in your residual estate, which ensures funds only come to WLT after your specified legacies have been fulfilled. You can also make a living legacy or bequest of land for conservation as done at Kites Hill by our supporter Jane Pointer.
- A codicil to an existing will: If your will is up to date you can use a codicil to add a legacy in favour of WLT without having to rewrite everything. You can download a sample codicil form here (PDF) to make this even simpler. Codicils must be formally witnessed by two people and appended to your existing will – we always recommend that you seek legal advice.
- Inheritance tax: Charitable legacies can help to reduce the amount of inheritance tax due on your estate, as they are exempt. In addition, as at April 2013, the rate of inheritance tax reduces from 40 per cent to 37 per cent where 10 per cent of the estate is left to charity. (Note these rates are liable to change.) Estates valued below a certain threshold do not attract inheritance tax so this will not benefit everyone. More information about inheritance tax can be found on the HMRC website.