Leave a gift in your will
It’s a common misconception that only rich people leave money to charity in their will. In fact it couldn’t be further from the truth! In reality without the gifts left in a will by people like you many charities just wouldn’t survive.
Making a gift in your will is always a sensitive subject, but leaving a legacy to Epilepsy Scotland can help us survive and continue working towards a better future for people living with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Scotland has been in existence since 1954 and during that time the money we have been bequeathed has provided vital funds for everything from developing and improving our services, to repairing and refurbishing our building.
Epilepsy is not going away and the demand for Epilepsy Scotland’s services continues to increase year on year. By making a gift in your will, you can help us plan for the future and carry on our work in your memory.
A gift could be a specific amount of money, a valuable item (such as a piece of jewellery or painting) or a portion of the residue of your estate. That means the amount left over after bequests to your family have been made and any other expenses have been settled.
Leaving a percentage or share of your estate, rather than a specified cash sum, is a particularly beneficial way of leaving us a gift as it will not be affected by inflation over the years.
If you have already made a Will
A Will can be changed at any time, and a convenient way of making small changes is to add a Codicil to it. Adding a Codicil is an easy way of leaving money to charity. It is a straightforward process, but any changes to your Will must be legally witnessed, so you must always consult your solicitor to help you.
McEwan Fraser Legal
We have partnered up with Scottish Solicitors McEwan Fraser Legal as part of their Charity Will Scheme. All proceeds from the scheme will go straight to Epilepsy Scotland, meaning that you can help our charity whilst ensuring that your Estate is distributed according to your wishes. McEwan Fraser will provide a basic Will free of charge and you simply make a donation directly to Epilepsy Scotland. Donations normally range between £50 – £200.
McEwan Fraser Legal will draft your Will and offer free legal advice and will then safely store your Will for safe keeping, giving you peace of mind that your affairs are all in order when you pass away with minimal disruption to your loved ones.
Summary of the benefits of having a Will
- Your estate will be divided according to your wishes
- You can decide who your executor is
- You can appoint a legal guardian for children under the age of 16
- You can leave funeral instructions
- You can protect vulnerable/disabled beneficiaries from inheriting outright
- You can make specific legacies or charitable donation to Epilepsy Scotland
Your contribution can make a real difference
It is always nice to hear from people who are planning to leave a legacy – if they feel comfortable telling us – as it means we can thank you personally and give you the opportunity to see what your bequest will do.
If you would like to leave us a gift in your will – large or small – please do get in touch for details. All enquiries are treated discretely and in strict confidence.
Contact Robyn in the Fundraising Department on 0141 427 4911.
48 Govan Road