• How do I write my Will?

    Writing your Will can be easier than you think. You will need to work out the value of your estate. This is all of your assets and an estimate of their value. You will also need to work out what debts you have such as a mortgage.

    You will also need to decide who you'd like to benefit. These can be the people and causes close to you, like Northern Ireland Hospice.

    Once you have all this information, you should meet a solicitor.

  • Do I need a solicitor?

    We would always recommend you visit a solicitor.

    The Law Society of Northern Ireland offer a free “Find a local Solicitor” service which can be found at https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors

  • How much will it cost?

    The cost of a Will depends on its complexity. It could cost between £100 - £200 for an individual Will and £150 - £300 for a mirror Will.

    Northern Ireland Hospice holds a “Make a Will Month” each year in March. During this time local participating solicitors waive their professional Will-making fees and instead invite clients to make a discretionary donation.

  • What type of gift can I leave to Northern Ireland Hospice?

    There are three ways in which your gift, big or small, could make a huge difference to people who need vital Hospice care:

    1. A percentage of, or even all of your estate, once other gifts have been made. This is known as a residuary legacy.
    2. A fixed sum of money, also called a pecuniary legacy.
    3. A particular item such as a possession, property or even shares. This is known as a specific legacy.
  • Who should I choose as Executor for my Will?

    The Executor of your Will can be anyone you trust to take on the responsibility and execute your wishes when you are gone. This is often a family member or friend. Alternatively, you can name a professional, such as a solicitor or an accountant.

  • What if I don’t think I’ll have enough money to do this?

    Any gift, large or small, will help us to provide vital Hospice care to those who need it in our community. We appreciate that you must first provide for your loved ones. If you would still like to support NI Hospice, you might consider leaving a residuary gift. This means that a gift would be made from the

    Any legacy large or small is gratefully received. However, if you are worried that you might not be able to provide for family and loved ones then perhaps you might like to consider leaving a residuary gift to the BHF. This would mean that it will only be paid after all the other gifts you leave to your family or loved ones have been made first. 

  • What if I want to change my Will at a later date?

    It is good to review your Will after a major life event such as getting married or buying a house. It is also good to review it every few years to check that it reflects your wishes. 

    You can write a new Will to reflect any changes in your wishes. If you want to make a small change, you can use a “codicil”. This is a document which acts as an addition, amendment or supplement to the original Will.


  • What is Inheritance Tax?

    Inheritance Tax is payable on the value of any assets you leave. Each individual has a tax free allowance of £325,000 before tax is due at 40%. You can reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax from 40% to 36% by leaving a minimum of 10% of your total net value of your estate to a charity like Northern Ireland Hospice.

    You can find out more information about Inheritance tax at www.hmrc.gov.uk/inheritancetax

  • Should I tell you that I’ve left a gift to Northern Ireland Hospice?

    Your Will is personal and we would never ask to know the details. However, if you have kindly remembered us in your Will we’d love it if you let us know. We’d welcome the opportunity to thank you for this incredible gift. You can also let us know if you would like your name to be added to our Tree of Life. 

For any other questions you may have, please contact us and a member of the legacies team will get in touch.

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