Types of legacies and suggested wording

Leaving a gift in your will to support dogs in need is a very important and personal decision. We're here to answer any questions you might have. 

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Types of legacies 

If you would like to remember us in your Will, there are three main types of gift you can make: 

  • Residuary gift - is the gift of all (or part) of the value of your estate after debts, liabilities and other legacies have been paid and is the most valuable kind of legacy. 
  • Pecuniary gift - is the gift of a particular sum of money. 
  • Specific - is the gift of a specified item that could be for example; property, a painting or a piece of jewellery. 

Suggested wording for a gift in your Will 

If you would like to leave us a gift in your Will the following wording may be helpful when you visit your legal advisor: 

"I give all (or a _% share of) the residue of my estate to Dogs Trust (Registered Charity Numbers: 227523 and SC037843), 17 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7RQ, for its general charitable purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge." 

Suggested wording for a codicil to us: 

If you have already made your Will and decide that you would like to add a gift to us, the following wording for a codicil may be helpful when you visit your legal advisor: 

"I (name) of (address) declare this to be my first codicil to my last Will dated (date). I give (details of legacy) to Dogs Trust, Registered Charity Numbers: 227523 and SC037843, 17 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7RQ, for its general charitable purposes and I direct that the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be valid and appropriate form of discharge. In all other respects I confirm my Will." 

Canine Care Card

If you are a dog owner you may also like to include the following wording in your Will "It is also my wish that Dogs Trust care for or rehome any dogs I own at the time of my death." 

Find out more about our free Canine Care Card scheme, which guarantees loving care for your dog if you pass away. 

We'd like to thank you 

If you have already included a gift in your Will to Dogs Trust, or intend to in the future, we would love to hear from you. Not only will this information allow us to plan for the future but more importantly it means that we can pass on our heartfelt thanks for your generous pledge. Your kind support will allow your love of dogs to live on and save lives long into the future. 

Legacy team

To speak to someone in confidence about leaving a gift in your will, get in touch with our Supporter Relations Team:

Call us on 020 7837 0006

or

You can also write to us at Dogs Trust, Clarissa Baldwin House, 17 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7RQ.

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