How to leave a gift in your Will

It's easy to remember Marie Curie in your Will. Find step-by-step guidance on how to go about making a Will, or if you already have one and simply wish to update it, you can download a simple codicil form

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No one chooses to face terminal illness, but with your help Marie Curie can continue to be there for those in need.

I already have a Will

If you already have a Will and wish to update it to include a gift for Marie Curie, download this simple codicil form, which you complete and present to your solicitor.

I haven't made a Will yet

If you've not yet made your Will or even thought about it yet, take a look at this simple guidance to see what steps you need to take to prepare your Will. Or if you're an executor or solicitor, read more detailed information about gifts in Wills.

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A gift in your Will means helping people remain at home, among their favourite people and posessions, at the end of their lives.

1. Choose who to include

First, think about the family, friends and charities you’d like to remember in your Will. Most people want to care for their loved ones first, but it’s easy to also include a gift to the charities you care about, like Marie Curie.

2. Decide what to leave to whom

Decide what type of gift you’d like to leave. Some people leave a specific amount or item, but many people choose a share of their estate, as this type of gift won’t lose its value over time.

3. Choose your executors 

Decide who you’d like for your executors – they’ll be responsible for ensuring your wishes are fulfilled, and are named in your Will.

You can appoint whoever you like as your executor. Be sure to ask them first, as it can take a lot of time. You can also appoint a professional, like a solicitor or accountant, but your estate will need to pay their fees.

4. Work out the value of your assets

Work out how much your assets are worth, including property, investments and any debts. This is easier than it sounds – download this simple form to help you

5. Visit your solicitor

Now it’s time to visit a solicitor to have your Will drawn up. Your solicitor will keep a copy of your Will, but you might like a copy of your own. Keep it somewhere safe, and tell someone close to you where it is. If you’re a Marie Curie supporter over 55, you can also use our Free Will Writing Service.

What if I don't have a solicitor?

We can’t recommend a solicitor, but you can find one in your area by contacting the Law Society. Contact them in England  (020 7242 1222), Scotland   (01131 226 7411), Northern Ireland   (0289 023 1614).

Is there specific wording I should use in my Will?

Yes, we have suggested wording that may be of help. Many people choose to leave a residuary gift: a percentage of what is left of their estate once they have provided for your loved ones, because it ensures that their gift does not lose its value over time.

6. If you've decided to remember us, we'd love to know

Your Will is personal and it’s entirely up to you if you wish to share this information. But if you do choose to tell us, we’d love to be able to thank you properly and let you know how your gift can help. Contact your local legacy advisor to let us know you’ve pledged a gift.

Marie Curie Nurse Lynne
Marie Curie Nurses like Lynne work through the night to give respite to family carers.

Further guidance on making a Will

You can find more detailed information for people living with a terminal illness on making a Will in our information and support section. Topics covered include getting started with making your Will, getting help from a solicitor, why it's a good idea to make a Will, what you can and can't do in a Will and jointly owned property and possessions.

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