Why write a Will?

Your Will is one of the most important documents you will write in your lifetime, outlining your wishes about what will happen to your money and possessions at the time of your death. It also allows you to take care of the people closest to you and to leave a gift to causes that are important to you.

Find out more about leaving a legacy to Unicef

If you die without a valid Will, your estate is classed as “intestate” and there are rules laid down as to where your estate will pass. It is therefore very important that you have an up-to-date and professionally written Will that truly reflects your wishes. If you do not have a Will, making one is your first step to leaving a legacy to Unicef. 

If you have already made a Will, it is a simple process to amend it to include a legacy to Unicef. Depending on the significance of the changes you’d like to make to your existing Will, it may be possible to use a codicil to make your amendments. A solicitor can advise on the best course of action. 

It’s important to keep your Will up to date. Changing circumstances could make a Will invalid so you may like to check your Will regularly after it has been made to make sure it still reflects your wishes.

Read our tips for making and updating your Will.

The different types of legacy you can leave in your Will

You can choose to leave a safer world for children with any of the following types of legacy gift in your Will:

A share of your estate

Once you have taken care of your family and friends, you can leave a share or the remainder of your estate to us. This is called a “residuary gift”. 

Suggested wording:
“I give all OR [ ]% of the residue of my estate to Unicef UK (Registered Charity No1072612 [England and Wales] and SC043677 [Scotland]) of Unicef House, 30A Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DU for its general purposes absolutely and the receipt of its Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors”.

A gift of money in your Will

You can choose to leave us a specific amount of money, outlined in your Will. This is called a “pecuniary gift”.

Suggested wording:
“I give free of tax the sum of £____ to Unicef UK (Registered Charity No1072612 [England and Wales] and SC043677 [Scotland]) of Unicef House, 30A Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DU for its general purposes absolutely and the receipt of its Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors”.

A specific gift in your Will

You can choose to leave us a specific item, such as jewellery or a house when making a Will. This is called a “specific gift”.

Suggested wording:
“I give to Unicef UK (Registered Charity No1072612 [England and Wales] and SC043677 [Scotland]) of Unicef House, 30A Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DU for its general purposes absolutely my ____ [name and description of item] and the receipt of its Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors”.

A reversionary gift

If you are setting up a trust for someone to use over a period of time (such as their lifetime), the gift can be passed on to other recipients (such as a charity) when the time has ended. This is known as a “life interest”. A reversionary gift will leave your estate to your dependents while they are living, and it will revert to Unicef after they pass away. 

We recommend you discuss this further with a solicitor as it is important that the wording is correct.

Restricted gifts

If you would like your legacy donation to be used in a certain way – in a specific country, or for a particular kind of project, you can outline this wish when making your Will. Please phrase this as a request rather than a condition to the legacy, as if circumstances change in countries or on projects, we may not be able to accept your legacy gift. 

We would encourage you to consider leaving a gift without any restriction, as it will allow us to be there for children in danger all around the world, and help us respond rapidly wherever and whenever the most vulnerable children need us.  

Thank you for considering leaving a legacy gift in your Will to Unicef. If you'd like to talk to us about leaving a gift in your Will, please get in touch with our Gifts in Wills team.

 
Unicef receives no funding from the UN, so we are reliant on voluntary donations like legacies to protect children in danger Photo:Unicef/Malawi/Noorani
Unicef receives no funding from the UN, so we are reliant on voluntary donations like legacies to protect children in dangerPhoto:Unicef/Malawi/Noorani

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