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How to give a gift to conservation in your will

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How to give a gift to conservation in your will

We are very happy to discuss with you any plans you may have to remember World Land Trust (WLT) 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 very helpful for us to know in advance if you have decided to leave a legacy to the WLT.

For a confidential conversation please contact WLT’s Head of Communications, Viv Burton, on vburton@worldlandtrust.org or by calling the WLT offices on + 44 (0) 1986 874422

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 allow WLT to 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.
Please be aware that WLT’s priorities will change with time and very specific bequests can become problematic. A legacy to the WLT Action Fund is more versatile, and will be used to save land and wildlife that is critically threatened.
  • 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, though this is only relevant to estates valued above a certain threshold. Tax rates and bands are always subject to change, but up to date information about inheritance tax can be found on the HMRC website.
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