How to make a bequest to Aid to the Church in Need

A candle lit on the round altar in the monastery of Mar Sarkis Maalula, Syria
A candle lit on the round altar in the monastery of Mar Sarkis Maalula, Syria

If you would like to leave a gift to Aid to the Church in Need, you will need to specify this in your Will. Your solicitor will be able to help you with this.

Download Aid to the Church in Need’s Legacy leaflet, ‘Thy Will Be Done’ for useful information about leaving a gift in your Will, including suggestions for wording your solicitor can use.

Why make a Will?
If you have not made a Will, no charity can benefit directly from what you leave on your death (known as your estate). Without a Will, your estate will be distributed according to statutory provisions, which may not be in accordance with your wishes.

Making a Will ensures that your assets are distributed as you wish – including leaving money to charities. The law does give persons financially dependent on you the right to claim on your estate if you have not made adequate provision for them in your Will, but otherwise you are free to leave your estate to whomever you please, including charities.

Consulting a solicitor
We strongly recommend that you consult a solicitor when making your Will. Solicitors have traditionally charged modest fees for preparing straightforward Wills.If you  can provide your solicitor with basic information about your circumstances, he or she will be able to draw up a Will that meets all your requirements.

Types of gift you can leave in your Will
It is up to you how you decide to remember Aid to the Church in Need – or any charity – in your Will. Your gift may be one of the following:

Pecuniary Legacy
A specified lump sum gift. Even if this is only a small amount, it will be gratefully received, and will make a real difference to our work supporting persecuted and suffering Christians.

Specific Legacy
A gift of non-monetary assets, such as stocks and shares, or real property such as land, flats or houses.

Residuary Legacy
The residue of your estate is the amount left after all debts, funeral expenses, administration costs, pecuniary and specific legacies have been paid. You can leave all or a proportion of that residue to charity, divided among as many individual charities as you wish.

Tax benefits
Any type of legacy to a registered charity such as Aid to the Church in Need is exempt from Inheritance Tax. By leaving money to charity you are reducing the size of your estate that may be liable to Inheritance Tax.

Specifying your intentions
If you leave money for Aid to the Church in Need’s general charitable purposes, this gives us the discretion to use your gift where the need is greatest at that time.

If your Will is too specific about what your gift should be used for, it is possible that in the future the cause you have chosen is no longer available because of changing circumstances, and in extreme cases this might even mean that we could not receive your gift.