A few words in your Will can give people who are paralysed by spinal cord injury hope for the future
Every day, people show their support for good causes like ours – a cake sale, volunteering or run a marathon to name a few. Leaving a gift in your Will benefits charities in a special way. Charitable legacies are the foundation for causes like ours and are vital in continuing our work.
Over the last three years we received legacies ranging from £100 to £100,000 – which allowed us to fund over £645,000 worth of research.
A gift for the future
At Spinal Research our aim is to help transform the lives of people living with a spinal cord injury by funding the best research in the UK and internationally to find treatments to restore movement and sensation.
We want to reach the day when spinal cord injury is no longer the devastating event it is today but a treatable condition.
You can help to create this future – with a gift in your Will
After you've looked after family and friends, please consider leaving a gift in your Will to Spinal Research.
Leaving us a gift in your Will
Making a Will is one of the most important things to consider in life, but it doesn't have to be complicated. It's really vital that your Will reflects the changes that life brings, so it makes sense to keep it up-to-date.
Your Will is so much more than a document and although the process can seem daunting; it's the best way there is to make sure the people you care about are provided for. Some useful information to help you through the process is below:
Wording for your Will
The Good Will Paternership
We have partnered with The Good Will Partnership to help make Will-writing more accessible. TheGoodwill Partnership is the largest distributor of home visit, solicitor provided Wills in England and Wales. They make writing a Will easy and affordable and best of all, their free, no obligation, home visit service means that you can arrange a Will in the comfort of your own home even at the weekend or in the evening. Click here to find out more or call them on: 0844 669 6148.
Make a Will Online
You can visit Make a Will Online and make a will online for free. Every will is checked by a fully qualified solicitor and you’ll benefit from their professional service and helplines. Though if you have a solicitor already you should speak to them. Also, if you have a high value estate, complex needs, or concerns around mental capacity, you should speak to a solicitor. You can find a local solicitor through the Law Society.
Please ensure that your solicitor uses our full name: “International Spinal Research Trust”, our charity number: 1151015, and our registered address: 80 Coleman Street, London, EC2R 5BJ.
Using the online will link above means that we get some really useful information such as when a will is made and what has been left to us. If you don’t want this to happen you can go here to make an online will. However you make your will and whether or not you share this information with us we are hugely grateful for your generosity.
What types of gift can you leave?
We receive many different types of gifts in Wills and we're always incredibly grateful to receive each one. There are three main types of gift you can leave in your Will:
- Residuary Legacy - This is a share (or maybe even all) of the residue of your estate once all other payments have been made such as tax, administration expenses, lifetime debts and of course, any pecuniary or specific legacies you may wish to leave (see below for more information on these type of gifts). The advantage of this type of gift is that it will not lose its value over time, and if you leave a proportion to us you can still ensure other beneficiaries are taken care of.
- Pecuniary Legacy - This is where you can leave us a fixed amount of money. It's worth being aware that the effects of inflation could mean that the ultimate value of this gift could become less than you intended. This can be addressed if you review your Will regularly or you link your gift with inflation. If you are considering a pecuniary gift, your solicitor or professional Will writer can advise you on wording to do this.
- Specific Legacy - This is a gift of a specific item. It could be anything from jewellery to a house - it's entirely up to you.
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