Why should I make a will?

A will is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out after your death. If you die without a will, it not only causes your family the pain of dealing with your affairs, but also means someone else decides who gets your money, and in what proportion..

This could mean someone who you would want to receive money from your estate gets nothing or your favourite organisation, which you would have liked to support with a gift, isn’t remembered.

Making a will legally states how you want your estate to be divided up, and these wishes will be carried out.

I don’t have a lot to leave, can I still leave a gift to DABD in my will?

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

Can I add DABD to my existing will?

Yes you can. If you simply wish to add a gift to us you can do so by including a codicil with your will. A codicil is a form that lets you add an extra gift without having to update your will. You will need to consult a solicitor or legal professional about this to ensure the process is carried out correctly.

Isn’t it better for me to give to you now, rather than wait until I die?

We are grateful for all gifts to DABD, no matter when they are received. Some people choose to help us throughout their lifetime and also with a gift in their will. Some people are unable to support us as much as they wish in their lifetime but leave DABD a share of their assets to support us in the future.

Can I change my mind?

Yes you can. Your will is your document and you can include, exclude, add or remove whoever you wish. 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.

How do I find a solicitor?

The Law Society website has a useful search tool that can help you find a solicitor.

Should I tell you that DABD is in my will?

Your will is a private document and it is completely up to you whether you wish to share the contents of it with anyone. If you do feel able to let us know you have written a gift in your will to us, we can thank you and also make sure we don’t ask you about this type of giving again.

It is also helpful to see whether our messages about how important this type of giving is are making an impact.