A will is an important way of planning for the needs of your family and loved ones. Once you have considered their needs, many people also leave gifts to charities in their wills, which are known as legacies. It is possible to write your own will, but it is best to get a solicitor to do it.
Leaving a Gift to Jami in your will, whether large or small, can help ensure that support is there for those struggling with mental ill health. Leaving a legacy to Jami will demonstrate that you care for the wellbeing of our wider community now and for the future.
Jami is 98% voluntary funded and therefore almost totally reliant on the generosity of our supporters to ensure we can continue to deliver vital services to the 1,200 people who rely on Jami each year, as well as educating the whole community about the importance of mental health and wellbeing. All types of donation, including legacies, make a huge difference to our ability to support as many people as possible with their recovery from mental illness.
There are several main options for making a gift in your will:
A percentage of the net value of the estate (Residuary bequest)
The remainder of your estate after all your other wishes have been carried out and all expenses relating to your estate have been met. Generally, this kind of gift is of the greatest benefit to a charity as its value increases in line with the value of your estate.
A fixed sum of money (Pecuniary bequest)
A fixed sum of money. The value of pecuniary legacies will decrease over time as a result of inflation.
Individual possessions (Specific bequest)
This could be anything, but is often land, property or shares. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on further on these types of gifts.
Where you give a friend or family member a life interest in your estate and after their death the remainder of your estate is made over to a charity or other beneficiary. This allows you to take care of those close to you for the remainder of their lifetime.
If you have already made a will, but now want to leave a legacy to a charity, you can make an addition or change it without rewriting your current will. This addition is called a codicil and a solicitor can advise how to add this to an existing will.