Leave a Legacy to PKD to End a Legacy of PKD
Have you considered leaving the PKD Charity a Gift in your Will?
By remembering the PKD Charity in your will, you can help us continue our work towards a future where all families can be free from PKD.
As a charity supporting individuals and their families with an inherited condition, we know that loved ones and family come first in future financial planning. A gift to the PKD Charity in your Will, has the power to change forever the lives of families affected by PKD; a gift that gives hope to future generations.
We know that most people don't like to think about making a will or don't know where to start to make one, but it is usually straight forward and takes just a few hours.
The Benefits of Writing a Will
Writing a Will can bring benefits. It can protect any assets you may have and help reduce the impact of inheritance tax on your estate. Wills also ensure that all your assets are dealt with in the way you want to be, with debts paid and items going to the people you wish to receive them. Making a Will can help to ensure that your family can deal with your affairs quickly and easily when the time arises, reducing the burden on those we love most.
Will writing is straightforward - and affordable
If you are unsure about how to get started, or simply want to familiarise yourself with what's involved, you may find a visit to the Government website useful. It gives a clear and straightforward overview of everything to do with making and changing wills and covers all the important steps, including what you should put in your will, how to make sure it's valid and how to store it safely.
There are a number of ways that you can write a Will, but put simply, the options available are:
Write it yourself. You can write your own Will, and there are a number of 'make a Will' packs available from high street stationers that will guide you through the process. However, you need to be careful not to miss out something vital, as leaving out certain details could make your Will invalid. So, it is strongly recommended to get it checked by a legal professional,
Use a local solicitor or Will Writer. By having your Will professionally written, you are ensuring everything is covered and arranged as you would like it to be. We always recommend you contact a solicitor or a member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers. For details of Solicitors in your area visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/find-a-solicitor and for Professional Will Writers visit http://www.ipw.org.uk/directory.
Remember A Charity. This is a charitable consortium of over 140 charities set up to raise awareness of the importance of having a Will and leaving gifts to charities. Visit their website for further information about making a Will and leaving a legacy.
Remember A Charity (a registered charity) has a partnership with the Co-operative Legal Services – a national provider of Wills and other legal services. They can help you to decide on which Will is right for you and can also help you to amend an existing Will to ensure that all the details are correct and current.
Currently the Co-operative Legal Services is offering free advice by phone, without commitment. If you decide to ask them to either write or amend your Will, they can take your instructions over the phone. This service will cost £100 (usual cost £145) and they will store your Will safely for free. Ring 0844 252 9965 and quote RACWILLSO1.
Leaving a Gift to PKD
There are different ways that you can specify the gifts you want to leave ranging from specified amounts to proportions of your estate. Gifts need not be cash; they may include property, shares or even works of art and other precious items. You can specify in your Will what you would like your gift to be used for, or just gift it to general running costs. Your legacy will be spent in the best possible way.
Broadly speaking, there are three types of gift or legacy that you can make:
- A fixed sum of money
This is called a pecuniary legacy and simply means that you name a specific amount. One consideration when leaving fixed sums is that they may become less valuable over time due to the effects of inflation: if you want to avoid this happening, you could speak to your solicitor about updating your will at regular intervals, or how to make it inflation-proof.
- A proportion of your remaining estate
You decide what percentage of the residue, or what's left, that you would like to give after others named in the will have received their bequests and after all debts have been paid. This is known as a residual legacy.
- A named item
This can be anything you own, from a piece of jewellery or furniture to houses or land.
You can also specify how you would like PKD to use your bequest – perhaps on researching a new drug or funding a facility for instance – but you don't have to. (Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more about current and future projects.) Whatever you decide, you can be confident that PKD will make full use of your bequest.
Finally, it is important to include our full contact details in your will – this will help to avoid any confusion about where you would like your gift to go:
Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity
91 Royal College, London NW1 0SE
A Gift of Hope
A gift in your will for the PKD Charity is a gift of hope for the future for thousands of families in the UK living with PKD and many generations to come. Your gift will help us fund research into new treatments and drugs, enable us to expand our support services, run more information days and keep our patient information accurate and reliable.
We hugely appreciate the gifts that we do receive from legacies and every gift is a gift of hope for many generations to come.