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Wills, Probate & Trust

Proud to champion gifts in Wills

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Charitable giving has a long history in the UK, with people choosing to support the causes that matter to them in many different ways. Every donation can have an impact, but it’s gifts in Wills that now form the largest source of voluntary income for charities. Legacy giving is becoming increasingly popular, with a 30% rise in the proportion of people donating this way over the past twenty years.

Still, there’s often a lack of awareness around this form of charitable giving, with uncertainty around how it works, how much to give and how to fit donations around gifts for family and friends. That’s why Samuel Phillips Law has signed up to Remember A Charity’s campaign charter, working together as part of this national network to help everyone understand the options open to them when writing their Will.

Felicity Nelson, Solicitor at Samuel Phillips Law says: “People often feel deeply connected to the charities they support and find the idea of including a donation in their Will appealing. But there’s a common misconception that this type of giving is reserved for the wealthy.  In reality, people can give any amount – large or small – to any charity. It all makes a difference and it can be such a rewarding thing to do. There are also generous tax breaks for those who donate from their Will, making it even more appealing.”

Gifts in Wills are tax-free, effectively increasing the Inheritance Tax threshold on donors’ estates. And for people that choose to donate 10% of their estate or more, this reduces the rate of Inheritance Tax down from 40% to 36%, which can amount to a considerable reduction on larger estates.

Allan Freeman, Chair of Remember A Charity – a consortium of 200 UK charities, adds: “Gifts in Wills have a phenomenal impact on charitable causes across the UK, whether that’s a case of funding medical research or shelters for those suffering from abuse, mental health helplines or keeping local the theatre open. Particularly in recent times, that income has never been more important, helping charities to sustain and even increase services to help those in need.”

“It’s a great opportunity for people to have a lasting positive imprint, leaving the world a better place for future generations.”

Contact Felicity Nelson felicitynelson@samuelphillips.co.uk to find out more about legacy giving or visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk for inspirational stories about the impact of gifts in Wills.

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