If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will, please get in touch using this online form, or contact Catriona Parker at legacy@musculardystrophyuk.org or on 020 7803 4834. We’ve answered some of the most frequently-asked questions below.

We are extremely grateful for all the gifts we receive in Wills. No matter how large or small, they all make a difference.

Both ways are great. Some people choose to help us throughout their lifetime, as well as with a gift in their Will. Some people are unable to support us as much as they wish in their lifetime but leave MDUK a share of their assets to support us in the future.

Yes, you can. If you simply wish to add a gift to us you can do so by including a codicil with your Will. But you should use a solicitor to do this, to make sure it fits smoothly with the rest of the gifts in your Will.
It can be easier just to rewrite your Will using our Free Wills Services.

Yes. We understand that you may want your gift to go towards specific services or research into a condition. Just get in touch with Azma Davé on 020 7803 4823, at legacy@musculardystrophyuk.org, or through our online form for more information on restricting your gift.

It is completely up to you. We love to know so we can thank you and also make sure we don’t ask you about this type of giving again. We’d also like to invite you to meet our scientists and hear from them what is happening in research and how your gift might be used in future.

If you change your mind or if your personal circumstances change, you are free to change your Will as many times as you wish. You don’t need to let us know either; it is entirely your choice.

Here are explanations of some of the words you may come across when making a Will.

assets: all of your possessions, including property, car, furniture, jewellery, shares, endowments, savings, life insurance policies, etc

beneficiary: any person or organisation that receives a gift in your Will

bequest/legacy: a gift in your Will, also known as a legacy

codicil: a document containing addition or change to an existing Will

dependant: someone who depends on you for financial support

estate: everything you own at the time of your death

executor/executrix: the man or woman you ask to administer your Will when you are gone and who will make sure your wishes are carried out

inheritance tax: the tax due on your estate if it exceeds a certain threshold. It includes the market value of your house when you die. You can find out more about inheritance tax here and whether it may be due on your estate.

intestate: the word used to describe someone who has died without a Will

liabilities: everything you owe, include mortgage, loans and credit cards, etc

pecuniary gift: a gift of a specific sum of money in your Will

probate: this is the legal administrative process of settling your estate after your death. It involves your executors’ applying for the legal right to deal with your estate, so that they can settle any outstanding financial obligations, and then distribute your money, property and possessions according to your wishes.

residuary legacy: a gift of whatever is left over once all other gifts have been made from your estate. You can leave all of the residue or divide it up into portions.

specific bequest: a gift of a thing, like a house, an antique or a necklace.

testator/testatrix: the person making the Will (you).


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