If you’re thinking about leaving a gift of compassion, there are a number of ways we can assist you. From a helpful booklet of advice – ‘Your Legacy for Farm Animals’ – and our Free Will writing service, to acting as executors, our Legacy Team can help to make the process as easy as possible.
The National Free Wills Network
To assist with the Will-writing process we offer our supporters the opportunity to have a simple Will drafted, free of charge, by a local, qualified solicitor. Order a free pack for more information and a list of participating solicitors. The Will writing service is open to anyone living in the UK, of any age, and is available all year round.
This service is offered through the National Free Wills Network. It applies to the writing of simple Wills, the cost of which will be passed on to Compassion in World Farming. If the chosen solicitor advises that the Will is more complicated, the solicitor will invoice you separately for the extra work. Should this be the case, it is of course your decision whether to proceed with the service.
Online Will writing – Farewill
Compassion also offers supporters the choice to write their Will online. The service is through the platform Farewill and allows you to write a basic Will for free online – a convenient way to put your wishes into words all while sitting at your computer. Compassion in World Farming would like to offer supporters the opportunity to use this service, the cost of which is passed on to us. If you would like to do so and you have not already used our other Free will writing offer above – please use the online form to request your online code and get started. Full Farewill terms and conditions are available.
When using either of our available free Will writing services you are not obliged in any way to leave a gift in your Will to Compassion in World Farming.
Information to include when leaving a gift
There are two main ways to leave a gift in your Will to Compassion in World Farming:
A residual gift is all, or a percentage of, the estate once all other bequests, costs, etc. have been deducted. For example, a bequest of 10% of an estate valued at £200,000 would provide a gift of £20,000. A residual gift keeps pace with inflation, helping to ensure we can fight even harder for farm animals. This type of gift can also help reduce the need for frequent updating of your Will.
A pecuniary gift is a specific amount of money, and can also play a big part in changing the lives of farm animals. The value of pecuniary legacies decreases over time; for example a generous gift of £2,000 pledged today will be less valuable in future years as the cost of living increases.
Should you wish to include Compassion in World Farming in your Will you will need to use certain legal wording:
For a residual gift:
I give the residue (or a portion of the residue) of my estate to Compassion in World Farming International (registered charity no. 1095050 (England and Wales)) of River Court, Mill Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1EZ, UK for its charitable purposes.
For a pecuniary gift:
I give the sum of £_________ to Compassion in World Farming International (registered charity no. 1095050 (England and Wales)) of River Court, Mill Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1EZ, UK, for its charitable purposes.
Updating an existing Will
If you already have a Will, the simplest way to make relatively minor alterations or additions is by making a codicil. This is an instruction that is kept with your existing Will and which your solicitor can help draw up. Alternatively, our Free Will writing service can be used to update an existing Will. Order your pack.
Compassion in World Farming is able to act as an Executor of Wills. Executorship services are where Compassion takes legal responsibility for ensuring that someone’s Estate is disposed of according to the wishes expressed in their Will. If Compassion is to act as an Executor, we would simply ask that the charity is a beneficiary in the Will. For more information on our Executorship service please telephone our Legacy Team on +44 (0)1483 521 953 or email email@example.com
Please tell us!
All gifts in Wills left to Compassion are enormously beneficial to help end the cruelty of factory farming. In fact, up to half of Compassion’s work is made possible by legacies. If you have made the decision to leave a gift for farm animals we would love to hear from you. Knowing what has been pledged gives us the confidence that we can be here for as long as farm animals need us. Please tell us about your kind gift.
Your Compassionate story
Do you have a long history of supporting the fight against factory farming, and have now left a gift for farm animals in your Will? Or perhaps you are new to the cause but are passionately committed and have decided to leave a legacy gift? If so, we would love to hear your story. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1483 521 953 to share your experiences with us.
The Legacy Team is always happy to give advice and support. You can email email@example.com anytime or telephone +44 (0)1483 521 953, Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.
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Compassion in World Farming
Please use the form if you want to find out more, order free materials, or to let us know if you have included Compassion in your Will.