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Frequently asked questions about leaving a gift in your Will

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Arthritis Research UK’s gifts in Wills team is always ready to answer your questions about including a gift to the charity in your Will. We answer some of the more common enquiries below.

If your question isn’t included, please get in touch on legacies@arthritisresearchuk.org or 0300 790 0404.

What about my family?

There’s no reason why you can’t include gifts to family, friends and Arthritis Research UK.

Although many news stories about bequests feature charities as the sole beneficiary, it’s far more common for people to include good causes as just one of those who benefit from their Will.

Remember – any amount you wish to give is incredibly valuable and we really appreciate your kindness.

Do I have to leave everything?

Absolutely not. Occasionally people do leave their entire estate to charity, but that’s by no means the norm. Any gift of any size is valued and will offer future generations of arthritis sufferers the hope of an active life, free from pain.

I don’t have much to leave. What’s the point?

You don’t have to be wealthy for your Will to make a huge difference to future generations of arthritis sufferers. A few thousand, a few hundred, or even a few pounds – it all helps us continue investing in vital, life-changing research. Research that no-one else, including the NHS, can fund.

Can I leave my money to a specific project?

Research priorities change all the time as we continue to build our knowledge of arthritis. This means it’s unlikely we can promise that we’ll fund one very specific area of research. However, we’d be delighted to talk to you about how your gift could go towards research into one particular kind of arthritis, for instance.

I want to find out more before I make a decision. What’s the best way to do this?

That’s easy – just contact our legacy adviser, Theresa Stanworth, on legacies@arthritisresearchuk.org or 0300 790 0404. She’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. We can even arrange for you to meet some of our research professionals if you want to know more about how your gift will be used.

What's the difference between a residuary and pecuniary gift?

A residuary gift is simply a percentage – for instance you may decide to leave 10% of your estate to Arthritis Research UK.

A pecuniary gift is a fixed sum like £100, £1,000 or £10,000.

The choice is yours, but a solicitor or other Will-writing professional can help you decide which is the most appropriate for you.

I’ve already made a Will. Is it too late?

Not at all. People update their Wills all the time as their circumstances change. You can do this very simply by completing a codicil form and telling your solicitor or Will-writing professional. Read our information on updating your Will for more information.

Why should I make a Will?

It’s important to put your affairs in order so that the people you love are taken care of. If you don’t make a will, you can’t assume that your next-of-kin or other family members will benefit – it’s possible that any money you leave will simply go to the Government.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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