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How Do You Leave A Gift In Your Will?

Mr Jenkins meeting guide dog Buster and his owner TonyYour Will is personal, and deciding what you’d like to leave is the first step. You might choose to leave a specific amount of money, or a proportion of your estate, once friends and family have been looked after. You could even choose to leave a particular item, such as jewellery or shares.

Making a Will is straight forward. Before you visit a solicitor, it’s worth putting together a list of your assets (what you own) and liabilities (what you owe), so you can work out what your estate is worth. This simple checklist is a good starting point and could save you time and money at the solicitors. Read FAQs on how to leave a gift in your Will.

Make or update your Will for free

National Free Wills NetworkYou might be interested to learn that Guide Dogs is now able to offer supporters the opportunity to have a simple Will written or updated for free by a local solicitor. Whilst there's no obligation to include a gift to Guide Dogs in your Will, we hope that people taking part will consider including at least a small gift towards our work.

More information on Free Will Writing Service.

How Jeanette made a real difference

"My late wife Jeanette had always been very fond of Labradors and the work of Guide Dogs. During her lifetime, she sponsored several puppies through their training and enjoyed the regular updates. That’s why, when one of our own dogs passed away, she decided that it’d be nice to make a provision to the charity in her Will.

The whole thing was easily arranged with our solicitor. She simply said what she wanted and he made sure that the correct legal wording was added to her Will.

Today, it’s very comforting to know that she’s been able to help the charity in this special way. My daughter and I have even met the two guide dog puppies that her money is supporting! One is named Jenny, in memory of my wife, and the other is called Buster after our own dog.

I’ve seen at first hand the big difference that a gift in a Will can make and that’s why I’ve now decided to make a provision myself." 

- Mr L.C. Jenkins