Will Making and Codicils
Making a Will, or adding a codicil to your existing Will is the only way to ensure that those you love will be taken care of, including your dog. If you have no immediate family, having an up to date Will allows you to make sure that your money benefits the people or causes that you really care about.
If your pet dog has brought huge joy into your life, remembering Dogs Trust in your Will is a wonderful way to celebrate your love of our four-legged friends and help dogs less fortunate than your own for many years to come.
As we receive no government funding, we’re totally reliant upon the kindness of dog-lovers in order to continue our work. Your lasting legacy will ensure that we can continue our work to help the thousands of dogs that we care for every year and also plan for the future.
What you need to know
Making your Will is easier than you may think;
- Firstly, start by listing everything you could include in a Will including property, money and other assets.
- Then you must decide who you want to benefit from your Will (including Dogs Trust if you wish), and make a list of their names and addresses.
- Decide who you wish to be executors of your Will. It is usual to have two executors, in case one isn’t able when the time comes. They are usually family members or a professional advisor such as a solicitor. If you wish, the Chief Executive of Dogs Trust can act as a co-executor of your Will.
- Take all of these details along to the solicitor, who will draw up a Will for you. We strongly advise that you do not attempt to ‘do it yourself’. A ‘home-made’ Will can often lead to trouble as it may be ruled invalid by the courts if it fails to meet all legal requirements.
Already made a Will?
Many people make a Will and assume that’s all they need to do. However, circumstances can change over the years and so it is always advisable to take a fresh look at your Will every few years to ensure it meets your current needs.
Changing your Will
If you have already made your Will and decide that you would like to add a gift to Dogs Trust, a codicil is a good, inexpensive way to do so. Adding a codicil to your Will enables you to leave a legacy to Dogs Trust whilst ensuring that the other provisions remain untouched and you won’t have to pay for your Will to be completely rewritten.