Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about gifts in Wills at Unicef, this page can help you.Simply select one of the following questions or scroll down the page to view all the answers. 

We are always happy to help with any questions you may have or any advice you may need. Please contact our team on 020 7375 6208 or email giftsinwills@unicef.org.uk.

What happens if I don't have a Will?
Can I leave a legacy to Unicef UK, even though you're part of the UN?
I've already written my Will. Do I need to have a new Will drawn up?
What is a letter of wishes and do I need one?
How much of my legacy will be spent on administration?
I'd like to make a legacy gift to Unicef UK in my Will. What information do I need to include?
I'm an executor and there's a bequest to Unicef in the Will. How should I pay the money to you?
What happens if I change my mind?

What happens if I don't have a Will?

If you die without making a Will, you will be classed as dying “intestate” and this could result in your estate not going where you would have wished. The Government has laid down rules as to how an intestate estate is distributed and in what ratios to any surviving relatives. If you have no family member(s) left to inherit, the entire estate will pass to the Crown. This is why it is so important to make your Will.

Read our tips for making and updating your Will.

Can I leave a legacy to Unicef UK, even though you are part of the UN?

We receive no funding from the United Nations budget, and rely on voluntary donations like gifts in Wills to continue our work to keep children safe around the world. You can find out more about the money we raise and how we spend it in our annual report.

Unicef is a registered charity (1072612 [England and Wales] & SCO43677 [Scotland) founded in 1946 to help children left in extreme poverty after the Second World War. We were and still are the world’s leading organisation working to keep children safe. Being part of the UN helps us reach out to children around the world, and respond rapidly to help the most vulnerable children when an emergency strikes.

I've already written my Will. Do I need to have a new Will drawn up?

No, you do not have to write a new Will. If your current Will still reflects most of your wishes, and you simply wish to make some additions or small changes, your solicitor can help you create a Codicil. This acts as an addendum which lists minor changes or extra gifts to your original Will. It is always a good idea to regularly review your will to make sure any change in your circumstances has not altered your wishes.  

What is a letter of wishes and do I need one?

A Letter of Wishes is a personal letter that you may write to your Executors outlining any private wishes that you wish to pass on to them but not include in your Will (such as funeral instructions). Your Executors are not legally bound to carry out your wishes, and you are able to update your Letter of Wishes at any time. It is not a legal document but your solicitor can help to prepare one for you, and we advise that you consult your solicitor before deciding to include one.

How much of my legacy will be spent on administration? 

The last thing you want is for the money you entrust to us to be used for administration costs. We spend just 2p of every £1 from gifts in Wills on administration, then the remaining 24p goes to raising a further £1 and 74p goes directly to the field.

I'd like to make a legacy gift to Unicef UK in my Will. What information do I need to include?

Your solicitor can advise you on the correct wording in your Will. Please ensure that you include our full name of Unicef UK, registered office address and registered charity number, as below:

Unicef House
30A Great Sutton Street
London
EC1V 0DU

Registered charity number 1072612 (England and Wales) & SCO43677 (Scotland).

I'm an executor and there's a bequest to Unicef in the Will. How should I pay the money to you?

Please contact us to arrange a bank transfer or send a cheque payable to Unicef UK to:

Unicef House
30A Great Sutton Street
London
EC1V 0DU

Registered charity number 1072612 (England and Wales) & SCO43677 (Scotland).

What happens if I change my mind?

You are free to change your mind about leaving a gift in your Will to Unicef at any time, and we understand this is a personal decision and one you take into consideration with your loved ones. If you have told us you are intending to leave us a gift, it would be helpful if you could tell us if you have changed your mind.

We are always happy to help with any questions you may have or any advice you may need. Please do contact our team, request more information or download our legacy brochure.

Further information on gifts in Wills

Remember A Charity

We are proud to be part of Remember A Charity, an initiative of over 140 charities in the UK all working together to inspire people to consider leaving a gift in their Will. You can visit Remember A Charity for more information or to find your local solicitor who can provide advice on leaving a gift to charity in your Will. 

Free Wills Network

Unicef is proud to be part of the Free Wills Network. We are pleased to offer Unicef supporters over 55 a free Will-writing service through solicitors nationwide. Contact us to find out more about the Free Wills Network and how we may be able to help with yoir Will. 

Guidance for executors and solicitors

If you are administering a Will for a family member, friend, or a client that includes a legacy to Unicef, we are here to help you. Our Legacy Administration Team can advise you and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Unicef  is not a Trust Corporation, unlike some charities, so unfortunately does not have the legal framework in place to act as Trustee or executor; we do not have staff trained to work in this area or procedures in place to offer this service. Appointing Unicef would therefore not result in any saving of legal fees and Unicef’s own staff would not be involved personally.

We have been located at the following addresses. If the Will mentions one of these, it is likely that the gift is meant for Unicef UK:

Unicef
Kingfisher House
2 Woodbrook Crescent
Billericay
Essex
CM12 OEQ

Africa House
64-78 Kingsway
London
WC2B 6AH 

Letting us know we have been included in a Will

If you are dealing with the administration of an estate and Unicef has been left a legacy, we would be grateful to hear from you with full details of the deceased (including their last address and date of death), details of the Executor and a copy of the Will. This will enable us to amend our records to ensure no future mailings are sent to the deceased if they had been a supporter, as we understand that this can cause distress to the family

Paying a legacy

To let us know of the gift and pay a legacy please call the Legacy Administration Team on 020 7375 6107. You can either pay by bank transfer, or send a cheque payable to Unicef UK, to:

Unicef House
30A Great Sutton Street
London
EC1V 0DU 

Registered charity number 1072612 (England and Wales) & SCO43677 (Scotland). A valid receipt from the charity will be sent in return.

Exemption from tax

As a charity most legacy gifts left to us are exempt from inheritance tax. We are also exempt from payment of capital gains tax on assets coming to us; although this requires certain declarations to be made by the executor, in order to take advantage of the tax exemption. If you have any questions regarding either tax provisions, please get in touch with us and we can advise you.

Will trusts

If Unicef is included as one of the beneficiaries of a long term Will Trust, we will need to contact the trustee from time to time to make sure our information is up to date. As a trustee, it would be useful if you could initially send us a copy of the Will, and the estate accounts and then the annual trust accounts once it has been set up.

We are always happy to help with any questions you may have or any advice you may need. Please do contact our team, request more information or download our legacy brochure.

 
Your legacy will help us be there for every child. Photo:Unicef/SouthAfrica/Schermbrucker
Your legacy will help us be there for every child.Photo:Unicef/SouthAfrica/Schermbrucker