Frequently asked questions about leaving a gift in your Will | CPAG

Frequently asked questions about leaving a gift in your Will

How do I leave a gift to Child Poverty Action Group?

You will need to make a will. If you already have one, you will need to either amend it using a codicil form (which records any changes to a will) or write a new will. We recommend you get a solicitor to help you draft your will/codicil correctly.

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How will a gift in my will be used?

Child Poverty Action Group knows that poverty in the UK isn’t inevitable. It’s caused by low wages, inadequate benefits, expensive housing and childcare costs and lack of decently paid jobs. We work to understand what causes poverty, the impact it has on children’s lives and how it can be prevented and solved – for good.

Our work can vary over time and it is likely to be many years before we would receive your gift so it can be difficult to know exactly how it will be used. However, be assured that it will be used in the most effective way to help us end child poverty in the UK and help children living in poverty to fulfil their potential.

 

What information do I need to include when leaving a gift to Child Poverty Action Group?

To make sure we receive your gift, you’ll need to include our name, address and registered charity number.

Name: Child Poverty Action Group

Address: 30 Micawber Street, London, N1 7TB

Registered charity numbers: 294841 (England and Wales) and SC039339 (Scotland)

We recommend you get a solicitor to help you draft your will correctly.

 
What type of gift can I leave?

There are three types of gift you can leave to us:

  • A residuary legacy is the amount left over from your estate once you have taken care of your family and friends and expenses have been taken out. You can leave all the remainder of your estate, or a percentage of this.
  • A pecuniary legacy is a gift of a fixed sum of money.
  • A specific legacy is a gift of a particular item, such as antiques or jewellery.

 

Can I have a say in how you use my gift?

We understand that you may want to leave a gift to an area that is close to your heart – and you are entitled to do this. We encourage gifts left to us to be unrestricted, so we can use them where most needed at the time.

 

I don’t have a lot to leave, is it worth leaving a gift in my will?

Any gift of any size is hugely appreciated by us. Whatever you can give will be well used to make a significant difference in the fight against child poverty.

 

How do I find a solicitor?

You can find a solicitor using this search facility on the Remember A Charity website: https://www.rememberacharity.org.uk/making-a-will/find-a-solicitor/.

Alternatively you can search The Law Society’s database http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/ or call them on 020 7242 1222

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Do I need to tell you if I’ve left a gift to Child Poverty Action Group?

You are under no obligation to tell us your plans, but if you do it gives us the opportunity to thank you personally for your special gift and keep you informed about our ongoing work in a way that suits you best.

To let us know about a gift, please call Alice Morgan on 020 7812 5222 or email amorgan@cpag.org.uk. All information shared with us will be treated with confidence.

 

Can I change my mind?

Yes you can. A will is a very personal document that reflects your final wishes. You can change your mind at any time by contacting your solicitor to update your will.

 

Can a gift in my will help me pay less inheritance tax?

Gifts to UK registered charities like Child Poverty Action Group are exempt from inheritance tax. If you leave 10 percent or more of your estate to charity, the rate of inheritance tax applied is reduced from 40 percent to 36 percent.

We recommend that you speak to a solicitor or financial adviser for advice on tax issues and whether your gift will affect tax payable on your estate.

 

What about funeral collections?

Some of our supporters leave instructions with their will for a collection to be made at their funeral in aid of Child Poverty Action Group, or for donations rather than flowers. We are always grateful when people do this because it not only raises money, but it raises awareness of our work too. Contact us to find out more about how we can help this to happen.

 

If you'd like to talk with us about leaving a gift in your will or arranging a funeral collection, please get in touch with Alice Morgan.

Phone: 0207 812 5222
Email: amorgan@cpag.org.uk
Write to us at: FAO Alice Morgan, Child Poverty Action Group, 30 Micawber Street, London, N1 7TB

 

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