How to leave a gift in your will

Thank you for thinking of supporting us in this special way. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the gifts we receive from those who have remembered the MS Society so kindly in their will.

We know that making sure your loved ones are taken care of is your priority. But by also including a gift to the MS Society in your will, you’ll be helping future generations living with MS. And you’ll be funding research to stop it for good.

Leaving a gift

Leaving a gift in your will is very straightforward. All you need to do is ask your solicitor or will-maker to include the wording mentioned.

Types of gift

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 gift

To include a gift to the MS Society in your will, please ask your solicitor to use the following wording:

Residuary Gift “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.”

Cash Gift "I leave the sum of £x to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 372 Edgware Road London NW2 6ND, registered charity numbers 1139257 and SC041990.”

You’re also able to specify a particular area of our work, or a particular MS Society group, to benefit from your gift. We recommend you contact us first. We can talk you through how best to word your gift to make sure your wishes are delivered.

Please note that the suggested wording above is not intended to constitute legal advice. For all matters relating to the wording of clauses in your will please speak to your solicitor or will-maker.

Contact us

For a confidential chat about how to make a particular gift, please get in touch with Adam, our Legacy Manager, at legacies@mssociety.org.uk or 020 8827 0374.