Solicitors and Executors

If you are dealing with a Will that includes a charitable gift to Dogs Trust, read our helpful guidance.

Jazz the Spaniel at home, snoozing on the sofa next to members of his family

We are truly thankful for the kindness of our supporters who remember Dogs Trust in their Will.  We are committed to honouring their wishes and ensuring that their gift is used as intended.

If you are dealing with a Will that includes a gift to our charity, we hope the information provided on this page is helpful.  We recognise that being an executor can be challenging.  Whilst we are unable to provide legal advice, we will be happy to offer guidance and answer any questions.  Please do contact our experienced legacy team. 

For further support, particularly if you are not a professional executor and feel uncertain about the process, we suggest visiting the following external resources:

Consulting a legal advisor, where a professional has not been appointed can also offer peace of mind regarding your responsibilities during the administration.

It is important for charity beneficiaries to be notified as soon as possible.  This will enable family members to amend our charity’s records and ensure that future mailings are not sent out to the deceased. If you have any queries, please contact

If you need further help with:

  • Administering a Will 
  • Paying in a legacy gift  
  • General executor duties

Please email or get in touch with our customer support centre on 0207 7837 0006.

Our charity contact details  

Dogs Trust
Clarissa Baldwin House 
17 Wakley Street 
EC1V 7RQ  

Registered Charity Numbers: 227523 & SC037843  

Pay in a legacy gift

All gifts in Wills are looked after by our Legacy Team within the Legal Department at our London office.

They are authorised to provide valid receipts and discharges.  Legacies intended to benefit our rehoming centres, should still be forwarded to the London office.

The legacy team will, of course, make sure that funds are applied for the location or purpose specified in the Will.  If you have already been in touch with us, we can provide you with a reference number for future payments.  

Once you are ready to distribute the estate, you can send us a cheque or make a bank transfer.

Payment by cheque  

If you are paying by cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘Dogs Trust’ and send to:  

Dogs Trust - Legal Department

Clarissa Baldwin House 
17 Wakley Street 
EC1V 7RQ  

Electronic payment  

We are happy to receive payment by BACS.  If there are bank charges associated with making the transfer, our preference would be to receive a cheque.

Our bank details are as follows:

Barclays Bank PLC, 1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5HP

Sort Code: 20 00 00

Account number: 00071064

Account name: Dogs Trust Legacy  

When making a payment, please make sure you reference the first and last name of the deceased or the reference number provided by the legacy team.  If the reference is not included, we will be unable to receipt payment.

To help us identify your payment and ensure it is correctly recorded we will be grateful, if you can inform us by letter or email and include the following:  

  • Your details / Executor’s name and contact details
  • The full name, title and last known address of the deceased  
  • Description of the gift

Please contact our legacy team, so that we can assist with the next steps for receiving the gift.
Depending on the type of legacy expected, we are legally required to make enquiries and request specific information.   

Types of legacy gifts and information to send us

The three main types of gifts in Wills are pecuniary, specific gifts and residuary gifts.

A pecuniary legacy is when somebody leaves a specified sum of money in their will.  For this type of gift, please:

  • Inform us with a note of your details, deceased’s details, and a …

Administering a gift

While, in general, we favour receiving the proceeds from the sale of property or shares gifted to Dogs Trust in a Will, it's important to note that each case is unique. Therefore, prior to initiating any steps to transfer or sell the property or shares, we kindly ask that you …


Paying tax

Charities, such as Dogs Trust, are exempt from inheritance tax. Gifts made to Dogs Trust are typically paid from the estate without any tax deductions and before tax is calculated. 

Charities are also not subject to capital gains tax. To ensure the exemption, executors use the …


Gifts of personal items, contents and collection of items

Where the contents of a property and specific items are gifted to us and they have modest value, we kindly request that the Executors take them to one of our local charity shops.  If a Dogs Trust charity shop is not located nearby, we are happy for the items to be donated to …