Giving a gift to Rape Crisis in your Will means leaving a powerful legacy that will make a difference to women and girls affected by sexual violence after you've gone. It means ensuring your passion for social justice and your vision of a world free from rape and sexual abuse will live on.
Making a Will is one of the most important things you can do for the future of your family and friends and also for your values and the causes closest to your heart. It can spare loved ones significant added stress in a time of bereavement and sadness. And it's a lot simpler and more affordable than you probably think.
How to make a Will
There are different ways you can make a Will:
Write it yourself
It’s possible to write your own Will and templates are quite cheap and easy to find online or in stationery shops, but you need to be careful because leaving out certain details could make your Will invalid. Find out more about the options and risks involved with DIY wills at the Money Advice Service website here.
Use a solicitor
Using a solicitor to write your Will is likely to be more expensive than doing it yourself but it could reduce the risk of mistakes and give you peace of mind. It's likely to be a better option for you if you want to write anything more than a very simple, straightforward Will. Find out more and search he directories provided by the UK's law societies for qualified solicitors in your area via the Money Advice Service here.
There are a number of charitable schemes that let you have a will drawn up by a solicitor free of charge or for a suggested donation. Rape Crisis doesn't currently benefit from any of these directly or endorse them but the largest examples are:
- Free Wills Month (England and Wales) – this runs twice a year, usually in March and October in specific parts of England and Wales.
- Will Aid – this runs in November, with around 1,000 solicitors taking part. You usually have to book in advance, as spaces on the scheme are limited and it does get busy. There’s also a suggested minimum donation. Different types of bequest
Three ways to give to Rape Crisis through your Will
If you're using a solicitor, they can talk you through the different ways to make a charitable gift through your Will. Whatever you decide though, it isn't complicated. If you want to leave us a legacy, the most important thing is to be clear and specific, naming Rape Crisis England & Wales and giving our address and registration number.
The ‘residue’ of an estate is what's left after all the other bequests, taxes, and debts have been paid.
A ‘pecuniary’ legacy specifies a fixed sum of money or a fixed percentage of your estate. It's important to bear in mind that the value of a fixed sum of money will decrease over time as the cost of living rises.
A ‘specific’ legacy relates to a particular item such as stocks and shares, proceeds of a life insurance policy, property or land, jewellery etc.