Top 10 things to think about before making your will – No 5 – leaving money to charity

27th April 2015

A carefully drafted will can address all your concerns and put your mind to rest about what will happen after you die. Before making your will, you may have many questions about what it can include, and how your loved ones are to be provided for.

You may have been married before and have children from different relationships to provide for, you may want to appoint guardians for your children, you may want to plan your funeral arrangements or even what will happen to your pets.

In this series of guides, Shelly Wainwright, wills and probate lawyer at Ansons Solicitors in Lichfield and Cannock, Staffordshire, gives her top 10 tips for making a will.

5. Can I leave something to my favourite charity?

If you want to leave a provision for charity, you will need to think about whether they are to have a specific amount from your estate or a share of the residue. There are also particular rules for charities if inheritance tax is going to impact on your estate, which we would need to advise you on if this applies in your case.

For further advice on what to include in your will, contact Shelly Wainwright in the wills and probate team on 01543 267 981 or email Ansons Solicitors has offices in Cannock and Lichfield, Staffordshire.