Make your will, leave a lasting legacy of help
When making a will it is advisable to seek the help of a solicitor.
There are 4 different types of legacy gifts you can make:
A Pecuniary Gift
This is a gift of a specified amount of money.
A Specific Gift
This is a gift of a specific item such as property, jewellery, stocks,
shares or other valuables.
A Residuary Gift
This is remainder of your estate after all other gifts to family and friends have been distributed and outgoings have been resolved.
A Reversionary Gift
This is a gift in which a named person has access to the estate, which only reverts to the charity on the death of that person. For instance, the will states that a friend is allowed to live in your house until their death, when it will revert to the charity.
Preparing your Will
Providing for the future of your loved ones will be the most important part of your will. After that people often choose to remember their preferred charity, by making a donation.
Before you see your solicitor:
• Make a list of your assets.
• Make a list of what you want to leave and to whom.
• Decide on who will be your executors (people who will administer your estate and carry out your instructions).
These can be members of your family, a friend or solicitor. It should be someone with some knowledge of your affairs and who you can trust.
Calculate the estimated value of the following:
• Paintings & Other Items
▪ Bank Accounts & Building Society Accounts
▪ Stocks and Shares
▪ Pensions / Benefits
▪ Life Assurance
• Money Owed
▪ Overdraft & Credit Card Debts
▪ List of Benefactors
Your legacy can make a real difference!
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Your generosity will help the lives of people who are blind and vision impaired throughout Ireland and for that, we are extremely grateful.