How to leave a gift in your will
We know that first and foremost your will is a way to ensure your loved ones are taken care of after you die. But when you leave us a gift in your will, you’ll also be helping future generations living with MS.
If you’ve already made a will, you can amend it using a codicil - a formal addition to your existing will.
Download a codicil form
The 3 types of gift you can leave to charity
- Residuary gift This is when a person leaves a percentage of their estate to a beneficiary after all other gifts have been made and debts cleared. Dividing what’s left over into percentages means you’re less likely to need to update your will in the future. The percentage remains unchanged if the value of your estate rises or falls over time.
- Cash gift This is also known as a pecuniary gift. It is usually a fixed sum of money, but it can also be a fixed percentage of your estate value.
- Specific gift This is a gift of a particular item, for example a house, a piece of furniture or a piece of jewellery. It’s important that the gift is described precisely in your will so that your executors can understand exactly what you intend.
How to word your bequest
To include a gift to the MS Society in your will, please ask your solicitor to use the following wording:
Residuary Bequest “I leave x% of the residue of my estate to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 372 Edgware Road London NW2 6ND, registered charity numbers 1139257 and SC041990 for the general purposes of the charity and that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors”
Pecuniary Bequest "I leave the sum of £x to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 372 Edgware Road London NW2 6ND, registered charity numbers 1139257 and SC041990 for the general purposes of the charity and that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors”
If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our friendly Legacies Team for a confidential chat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8827 0374.