Leave a gift in your Will
British wildlife will always need our help.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation exists to redress the balance between Man and nature, and to rescue, rehabilitate and release any sick, injured or orphaned animal in the UK in need of help.
A lot of our work is paid for by gifts people leave to us in their Wills.
A gift in your Will, however small or large, can help ensure that we will always be here for British Wildlife, protecting it and offering injured creatures new beginnings.
Why we need your help
A gift in your Will can help us be here for animals in the future, every single day, and to further our work in the education of children, teaching them how best to protect and conserve our wildlife and its environment for generations to come.
A gift in your Will can help us care for British wildlife
If you decide to leave us a gift in your Will it means that any future animals in need of our help will be cared for and treated by our dedicated team, here at WAF. Your legacy will be saving animals’ lives.
Over the years, gifts have helped us build and maintain our facilities. Today, these gifts are as vital as ever, allowing us to invest in essential new facilities and help save more wildlife.
Gifts left to us in Wills pay for over half of all our work.
In the future, when an animal comes to us sick or injured, a gift in your Will can mean we are able to treat it, rehabilitate it and release it for a second chance at life. If they come to us orphaned or abandoned, we can hand raise them until they are ready to survive and thrive back out in the wild.
These days the process of making or amending a Will is relatively straightforward. Find out how you can remember Wildlife Aid.
Remembering Wildlife Aid
Here are some of the things you may wish to consider when making or amending a will
Wording of your Will
If you decide to remember us in your Will, we recommend that you speak with your professional legal advisor.
A pecuniary gift
This is the gift of a specified sum of money. Bear in mind that because of inflation the value of this gift can be affected over time.
A residuary gift
This is where you set aside a portion or all of your remaining estate, known as the residue (what is left over after the payment of debts, funeral expenses, administration costs, and all the specific and other gifts have been paid) to be divided between named beneficiaries.
A specialist advisor
We recommend that you use a specialist legal advisor when making or updating a Will. Before your appointment it can be very useful to make two lists:
- Your assets (property, shares, valuable objects)
- People and causes you wish to leave something to
Your specialist legal advisor may give you their own form to fill in prior to your meeting.
A specific gift
This is where you leave a specific named item to a named beneficiary, such as car, property, item of jewellery, etc.
Before seeing a specialist advisor you may wish to consider who your executor(s) will be. Your executor(s) are responsible for carrying out your wishes as written into your Will – you can choose up to four.
Family members, friends or professional advisors (e.g. solicitor or accountant) can all be executor(s).
Your Will – your questions answered
If you would like to discuss any of these matters further, or have any other questions, please contact a solicitor.
Is a will a private matter to me?
Yes, a Will is confidential, but if you would like to tell us, it gives us an opportunity to thank you.
Be assured that how we communicate with you on this matter is completely up to you. If you wish to, you can let us know via our pledge notification form.
Whether you are making a new Will or updating an existing one, we recommend you speak to a specialist legal advisor. They have the legal expertise to clearly express and carry out your wishes.
I already have a Will. Is it difficult to change it?
It is not difficult to change your Will in most cases.
If the changes are simple and straightforward this can be done by way of a Codicil – a legally binding document, supplementary to a Will, which is executed with the same formalities as a Will, and adds to, varies or revokes provisions in the Will.
If the changes are major it is likely you will need a new Will. As the addition of a Codicil will affect the contents of your Will we always recommend that you seek professional legal advice.
What if I change my mind?
You are, of course, always free to change your mind about your gift. You can amend your Will, or add a codicil, at any time.
If you have any further questions, you can make an enquiry online or call us on 01372 377332.