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Will-writing services

Will-writing services

Free Will-Writing Service

Making your will can be a bit daunting and, with so much legal jargon, a little confusing. You may therefore need the help of a solicitor. We have partnered with McClure Solicitors – who have a network offices throughout the UK – to offer you independent advice on making or updating your will for free.

If you create or update your will, they will ask you to consider giving a donation, but there is no obligation to do so. Nor is there any obligation to leave a gift in your will.

If you would like to make your appointment with McClure Solicitors today, please call SSAFA's Legacy team on 020 7463 9257.

To help you prepare to meet or speak with your solicitor, you can download our free Will Planner, which will help you gather together the information you need.

Answers to questions you may have:

Q: What sort of gift can I leave to SSAFA?
A: You can leave a share of your estate, specific amount of money, property, valuable jewellery or collectable items. Any gift you decide to leave to SSAFA will make a big difference in the lives of those who call on us for help.

Q: What information do I need to leave in my will?
A: There are certain words you should use to express your wish to gift SSAFA. Your solicitor can advise you on how it should be written. Here is an example:

  • I give to SSAFA, Queen Elizabeth House, 4 St. Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 8AD, with Registered Charity No. 210760 & SC038056 all the residue of my estate [or a ……………… share of the residue of my estate] for its general charitable purposes.
  • I declare that the receipt of the duly authorised officer of SSAFA shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Executors/Trustees.

Q: Is it tax efficient to leave a gift in my will?
A: Yes, it can be tax efficient to leave gifts in wills. You can leave a minimum of 10% of your estate to a UK charity and take advantage of a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax from its current level of 40% down to 36%. This therefore increases the value of your charitable bequest. This tax incentive can only be used if your estate will be subject to Inheritance Tax, i.e. your taxable estate is above the nil rate band (currently £325,000).*

Q: Can I add SSAFA to my existing will?
A: Yes, making changes to an existing will is very straightforward. To add SSAFA to an existing will, you will need to complete a codicil form, which will allow you to add a short paragraph or clause. Again, your solicitor can advise you on how to do this.

Q: Wouldn't it be better to give a donation to SSAFA now?
A: Including SSAFA in your will helps to guarantee future income to support our work, ensuring that we can continue to provide lifelong support to our Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Contact Us:

If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to SSAFA, please call us on 020 7463 9257 or email and we will happily answer any further questions you may have.

*Correct as on 12 September 2018.