Leave a legacy

A legacy will ensure that the charity you support now will benefit from your support in the future.

Why having a will is so important

Have you protected your loved ones by making a Will? If not, they may not automatically be entitled to your assets and your estate could go to the Crown. It is not necessarily complicated or expensive to write a Will and once you have done it you can relax knowing your family will be supported in the way you wished.

After looking after your family, would you consider helping women and their families affected by cervical cancer? By leaving a gift to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in your Will, you’ll be helping us make a difference to thousands of lives.

What you need to do to make a will

  1. Find a solicitor - The safest way of making a will is to use a solicitor. Start by asking those close to you, friends and family, if they can recommend one. Or you could even try the Yellow Pages
  2. List your assets - Note down all your assets. These usually include your home, car, any stocks and shares, your bank or building society accounts. Items such as clothing, jewellery, pictures, books and furniture can also be included.
  3.  Who would you like to benefit? - Begin with family and friends, then charities such as Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Remember, a will is an excellent way of making a final statement about the values you held during your lifetime.
  4. Please remember that your will is revocable – meaning you can change the provisions in your will at any time
  5. Decide on how you wish to leave your legacies. Details on the types of gifts you can leave include:
  • Residual gift – a bequest of the remainder of your estate after providing for your family, friends and other expenses have been deducted
  • Pecuniary gift – this type of bequest is a fixed amount of money, which may be reduced as a result of inflation in the future
  • Specific gift – a bequest of a specific item, from a piece of jewellery to a painting
  • A reversionary gift – a bequest that comes into effect when something else happens. For example, when someone passes away or when someone reaches the age of 21 years old
  • A donation in memory – you can request that a donation be made to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in your memory

Executors and solicitors wanting to talk to a representative of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust about an existing bequest or proven Will/probate issues, please telephone Robert Music on 020 7250 8311. (robert@jostrust.org.uk). 

Date last updated: 
01 Sep 2013