Olly meets his lifesaving stem cell donor, Luke
“It’s something to be proud of and look back on and say I’ve helped someone.”
Why should I make a will?
A will remains one of the most important documents that affects the lives and financial wellbeing of those who matter to you.
While having a properly prepared will is not a legal requirement, it is something that provides peace of mind for you and your family. Having an up-to-date will helps ensure that your wishes can be carried out and money and belongings will go to the people and causes you care about.
If you have children, it also allows you to have a say in who takes responsibility for them.
If you don't make a will, in legal terms you will die 'intestate' and your estate may not go to the people you intended.
What happens if I die without a will?
Dying without an up-to-date will is known as ‘intestacy’.
Intestacy laws mean that, in some cases, your money and assets may go to the government, rather than to the people you love or the causes you care about.
Frustratingly, when a person dies intestate, the person’s family may be forced to take legal action to secure what they believe is rightfully theirs. But all this can be avoided by making an appointment with a solicitor and having a properly written will.
I'm prioritising my family and friends, can I still leave a gift to Anthony Nolan?
We are extremely grateful for all legacy gifts, whatever the amount. We understand that you’ll want to take care of family and friends first and you can then leave a percentage of your remaining estate or a fixed amount to Anthony Nolan’s lifesaving work.
Whether it helps us sign up a potential donor to the stem cell register or invest in the most effective lab equipment, every gift can have a transformative impact.
Can I choose what you spend my gift on?
Gifts left to us to use for our general purposes are of most value because they allow us to spend the money where the need is greatest.
However, we’re very happy to accept gifts to fund a certain part of our work, if that’s what you prefer. If you would like to discuss in more detail the areas of work your gift could support, please call Fia Parry on 0207 424 6626 or email email@example.com
Can I be sure my legacy won’t be swallowed up by administration?
We spend 85p from every £1 of our overall funds on activities to help save the lives of people with blood cancer.
We use all our funds as effectively as possible to help save more lives.
When should I write a will?
If you haven’t already written a will, there’s no time better than now. If you already have a will, you should review it regularly, particularly when your personal circumstances change. For example, if you get married or divorced, you have new children or grandchildren, or you move to a new home.
Can I write my own will?
Yes, although a 'do it yourself' will may prove to be a false economy. One tiny error can invalidate the entire will, so we strongly recommend that you employ a solicitor to do the work.
What will it cost to write my will?
Writing a will is not as expensive as you might think. Solicitors can provide estimates on request, but the cost will depend on how complex your affairs are. It’s best to telephone a few solicitors to compare the services that they offer and their fees.
Where can I find a solicitor?
We’re unable to recommend a particular solicitor and suggest that you contact The Law Society who can provide details of solicitors in your area, including those who specialise in wills and probate. We always recommend that a will should be drafted by a qualified professional, such as a solicitor, as their businesses are regulated by law.
What are the tax advantages of leaving money to charity?
Leaving a charity legacy is a great way to benefit worthy causes but it can also benefit you when it comes to inheritance tax.
In certain circumstances, especially with larger estates, a charitable bequest can help to reduce the inheritance tax you pay on your estate. Gifts to charities are completely tax-free. If you leave 10% or more of your taxable estate to charity, then the rate of tax on the rest of your estate will be reduced from 40% to 36%. (Figures correct as of 2018.)
Should I let Anthony Nolan know about my decision?
It isn’t essential, but by letting us know it helps us to plan effectively for the future.
It also allows us to say thank you for this wonderful gift and to ensure we communicate with you appropriately in the future. We fully appreciate that your will is a private matter and anything you share with us will be kept confidential.
What if I want to change my will at a later date?
It is advisable to review your will every few years or at the time of any major life event such as getting married or moving to a new home. We would recommend writing a new will but you can make a small change with a ‘Codicil’, a document which acts as an addition, amendment or supplement to the original will.