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Leave a legacy

If you want to make a lasting difference you can leave a gift in your Will to War on Want - a charity with a track record in making the world a better place. For over 60 years we have worked to fight global poverty and for people’s rights.  We work with inspirational people like Berenice Celeyta, Colombian Human Rights activist. Berenice faces daily threats to her life, but is undaunted, as she says:

'It is better to die for something than to live for nothing.'

Berenice Celeyta, credit CoDev Josh Berson
Image courtesy CoDev, photographer Josh Berson

Our guide below aims to cut through the jargon and clarify the processes to help you make a Will. It also explains the benefits of leaving a legacy to War on Want. Remember - fighting poverty doesn't stop when you do.

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If you would like more help or information just email legacies@waronwant.org or call Adina Claire on 020 7324 5043.

Why make a Will?

If you don't have a Will, the law will dictate what happens to your money and belongings. Making a Will gives you and your loved ones peace of mind, and it gives you the chance to leave a legacy to War on Want.

You are in control

Making a Will is usually straightforward, low cost and puts you in control of what happens to your money and belongings. A Will can prevent arguments or confusion about your wishes, and help to reduce legal bills. It also enables you to continue to support War on Want after your lifetime.

Easy to change

It is important to make a Will even if you think your circumstances may change in the future. It's especially important to make a Will if:

  •  your marital situation changes
  •  you have a baby or grandchild
  •  you inherit money or possessions

You can update or add to your Will at any time - each change is known as a Codicil. Even if you already have a Will, by adding a Codicil you can still leave a legacy to War on Want.

How to make a Will

There are a few things to think about before you start writing your Will.

What do you own?

You will probably find it helpful to make a list of everything you own, and the value of each item. Your belongings might include your home, car, furniture, clothes, sports equipment, jewellery, ornaments, collectables or insurance policies. Your money might include bank and building society accounts, stocks and shares, or Premium Bonds. A solicitor can advise you about organising any joint assets you might have.

Who will carry out your wishes?

Choose one or more people to follow the instructions laid out in your Will. Let them know they are your executors and tell them where your Will is to be kept (eg. with your solicitor or bank).

How to find a Solicitor
A Will is a legally binding object, which is why we advise you to use a solicitor. You can find a solicitor by:
  • searching your local telephone directory
  • phoning the Law Society on 0207 242 1222
  • visiting www.waterlowlegal.com

Who will sign your Will?

Once you have written your Will, you will need to sign it in the presence of two witnesses, who also need to sign. Anyone will do, even passers-by, but witnesses must not benefit from your Will.

Update your Will

Once a Will has been made, it is important to keep it up to date and account for any changes in circumstances, for example if you marry or have a baby.

Leaving gifts

Now you are ready to decide how to leave your money and possessions as legacies to the people and charities you care about. There are three main ways to leave gifts to people or charities in your Will:

  • Give a valuable object (a specific legacy) - This is a particular item such as a car or stocks and shares.
  • Give a fixed sum of money (a pecuniary legacy) - This can be set up to keep pace with inflation.
  • Give a percentage of the remainders (a residuary legacy) - This is a great way to give to charity.

Fighting poverty doesn't stop when you do - your legacy will help War on Want to attack the root causes of poverty, for as long as poverty exists.

Please contact us at any time and ask for our free paper guide. We can't give legal advice but you are always welcome to get in touch for a confidential, no-strings chat about how your legacy could help fight poverty.

Email legacies@waronwant.org or call Adina Claire on 020 7324 5043.

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