Leave a gift in your Will

Some people think only the rich and famous leave money to charity when they die. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. The reality is that without gifts left in Wills by people like you, many charities wouldn’t even exist. Mid and North East Essex Mind are an independent charity which relies on public support from events, donations and gifts in Wills to provide high quality mental health services to anyone that needs us.

Gifts in Wills our vital in helping us to continue our work, a gift in your will helps ensure no one in Mid and North East Essex has to cope alone with a mental health problem. You don’t have to tell us if you’ve left a gift to us in your Will but if you would like to tell us it gives us the opportunity to say thank you.

If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will to Mid and North East Essex Mind or would like to know more about what a gift left in your Will can support please contact Stephanie Mills on 01206 764600 or email s.mills@mnessexmind.org.

What can I leave to charity in my Will?

There are three different types of gift that can be left to charity as part of your Will:

Residuary – a share in, or all of, what’s left of the value of your estate after family and friends have been taken care of:

Pecuniary – a specific sum of money

Specific – an item such as jewellery or a piece of art

What’s next?

Whether you are making a new Will or updating an existing one, we recommend you speak to a specialist legal advisor. We have prepared a list of local Solicitors, if you don’t live in Essex please visit the Law Society website for other solicitors. They have the legal expertise to clearly express and carry out your wishes. You will need our Registered Charity number which is 1064309.

I already have a Will. Is it difficult to change it?

Many people decide to change or alter their Wills. If the changes are simple and straightforward this can be done by way of a Codicil – a legally binding document, supplementary to a Will, which is executed with the same formalities as a Will, and adds to, varies or revokes provisions in the Will.

If the changes are major it is likely you will need a new Will. As the addition of a Codicil will affect the contents of your Will we always recommend that you seek professional legal advice.

Alternatively, you can include your wish to leave a gift to charity within a Letter of Wishes.

What if I change my mind?

You are of course always free to change your mind about your gift. You can amend your Will, or add a codicil, at any time.