After you’ve looked after your loved ones, please consider leaving a gift to We Hear You (WHY) in your will.
You can write your will yourself. Forms are available from Post Offices and newsagents and can be found online. However, a will is an important document and a small mistake can invalidate it so we would generally recommend you to use a professional service. The following organisations support We Hear You and donate a percentage of profits to WHY.
Thatcher and Hallam Solicitors
Thatcher and Hallam solicitors are currently supporting We Hear You as their Charity of the Year and will be hosting a Will Month in October 2021.
During October 2021 clients can access a discounted rate of £125 (plus VAT) for a single Will and £175 (plus VAT) for a joint Will. 50% of the fee (minus VAT) will be donated to We Hear You. The number of appointments is limited, so early booking is encouraged.
Call 01761 414646 or visit th-law.co.uk.
WHY has an ongoing arrangement with a specialist service called Goodwills Local that offers a helpful and professional home visit service. It is a well established, regulated law firm. Their local representative Michael Rhodes makes a donation to WHY for each person who uses Goodwills to write or update their will, set up a Lasting Power of Attorney or arrange a funeral plan. A single Will costs £98 and a couples' Will costs £88 per person.
For one month each year, Goodwills host a 'will month' in which the full value of single or couples' wills is donated to WHY. Details of Will Month 2022 will be added when available.
Call 01373 593193, 01225 683062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Whether you use a specialist service such as Goodwills or a solicitor, you can expect to pay around £100-150 for a straightforward will.
Before you meet with an expert, make a list yourself of everything that you own – your ‘estate’. This should include property, savings and shares and should take into account any amounts owing on mortgages or loans.
Also make a list of any specific bequests or gifts you would like to make to family, friends or to specific charities. In each case it is wise to include full names and addresses – and in the case of a charity, their Charity Commission number.
Think too about any particular wishes you may have concerning your funeral arrangements. Some people pay for their funeral arrangements during their lifetime and this can save both money and anxiety for your loved ones when the time comes. You may want to choose certain members of your family to act as Executors (often two are chosen) or you can ask your solicitor to act in this way.
If you use a professional to draft your will, they will normally keep an original copy safe but it is a good idea to keep a copy for yourself too and to ensure that your Executors know where to find it.
Remember to keep your will up to date especially when, for instance, you move house, or new family members are born. A will can be relatively easily update using a Codicil (the legal term for additional information).
Tax advantages of leaving a gift to charity
Leaving a legacy is just another way of supporting a charity that you have supported during your lifetime. But do consider that there may be a tax advantage to your family too. In 2020/21, the Inheritance Tax threshold is £325,000 which means that amounts beyond this figure will incur tax at 40%. But gifts to charity are taken off the total estate before this figure is calculated.
Losing someone you love or care for can be a very difficult time for everyone concerned. We understand that honouring them by way of an in memory doantion is a very personal choice which can be done in a number of ways.
Set up an online tribute page in memory of a loved one via JustGiving.
Your page can stay open for many years and can be a space where friends and family can leave messages, stories and memories or make donations.
Collect donations instead of funeral flowers or arrange a funeral collection.
Making a donation to the families chosen charity has now overtaken giving flowers at a funeral as a mark of respect. This can be done either by taking a collection at a funeral, via the funeral directors or by setting up an online donation page. Some families chose to include their online tribute page addresses at funerals so those who attend know where to go to give donations and to leave messages.
Make a donation.
You can make a one off or regular donation by visiting our donations page.
Hold a fundraising event.
Taking part in a challenge event or holding your own fundraising event is a wonderful way to remember someone special. Have a look at our challenge events page or get in touch for some other ideas. Whatever your event we'll be here to support you.