Frequently asked questions about gifts in wills

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If you have any questions about legacies or leaving a gift in your will, please contact our legacy team on 020 7619 7351 and we'll be pleased to help. Some common questions on wills are also answered below.

I don’t have a lot to leave, can I still leave a gift to Scope in my will?

We are extremely grateful for all the gifts we receive in wills. No matter how large or small, they all make a difference.

Why should I make a will?

A will is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out after your death. If you die without a will, it not only causes your family the pain of dealing with your affairs, but also means someone else decides who gets your money, and in what shares.

This could mean someone who you would want to receive money from your estate gets nothing or your favourite organisation, which you would have liked to support with a gift, isn’t remembered.

Making a will legally states how you want your estate to be divided up, and these wishes will be carried out.

Isn’t it better for me to give to you now, rather than wait until I die?

We are grateful for all gifts to Scope, no matter when they are received. Some people choose to help us throughout their lifetime and also with a gift in their will. Some people are unable to support us as much as they wish in their lifetime but leave Scope a share of their assets to support us in the future.

Can I add Scope to my existing will?

Yes you can. If you simply wish to add a gift to us you can do so by including a codicil with your will. A codicil is a form that lets you add an extra gift without having to update your will. You will need to consult a solicitor or legal professional about this to ensure the process is carried out correctly.

Can I change my mind?

Of course you can. Your will is your document and you can include, exclude, add or remove whoever you wish. If you change your mind or if your personal circumstances change, you are free to change your will as many times as you wish. You don’t need to let us know either; it is entirely your choice.

How do I find a solicitor?

The Law Society website has a useful search tool that can help you find a solicitor, as does their Scottish sister site, The Law Society for Scotland.

Can I restrict my gift to a specific service?

If you request your gift to be used for general purposes, we can use it where the need is greatest when the gift comes to us, which could be 10 or 20 years after the original will was made.

If, however, you wish for a service to benefit from your gift, please contact our team about the options available and the necessary wording to ensure the gift you write into your will benefits Scope in the way you wish and will be valid in years to come.

Should I tell you that Scope is in my will?

Your will is a private document and it is completely up to you whether you wish to share the contents of it with anyone. If you do feel able to let us know you have written a gift in your will to us, we can thank you and also make sure we don’t ask you about this type of giving again.

It is also helpful to see whether our messages about how important this type of giving is are making an impact.