Frequently asked questions

What happens if I don’t have a Will?

If you die without having a valid Will, known as dying intestate, UK law will decide who gets your estate (property, personal possessions and money), which may mean it doesn’t go where you would want it to. A valid up-to-date Will is the best way to make your intentions clear.

How often should I review my Will?

It is a good idea to review it every three years or sooner if your personal circumstances change. For example, if you move, get married or divorced, if someone who is included in your current Will dies or if you’d like to add gifts, such as including a new grandchild.

Will I have to pay Inheritance Tax?

Depending on the value of your estate it may be subject to Inheritance Tax. For the most up-to-date information on Inheritance Tax please visit gov.uk or consult your legal adviser.

Gifts to charity are also exempt from Inheritance Tax, so including Independent Age could have tax benefits.

What is the wording to use to include a gift to Independent Age in my Will?

Thank you for choosing Independent Age, your gift will make a vital difference. Your legal professional will know the specific wording required to do this, but they will need our Registered charity number no: 210729 (England & Wales) and no: SC047184 (Scotland) and registered address 18 Avonmore Road, London W14 8RR.

If you would like to receive a copy of our guide ‘How to make a Will and include a gift’ in the post please call us on 020 7605 4451 or email legacies@independentage.org

Help writing a Will

Making a Will doesn’t have to be complicated or costly but it is a specialist task and we recommend you use a legal professional.

The National Free Wills Network

We can offer our supporters and people who use our services the opportunity to have a simple Will written for free by a participating local solicitor.

There is, of course, no obligation for people using this service to include a gift to Independent Age in their Will. However we hope that, if creating a better future for older people in the UK is something you are passionate about, you will consider supporting our work in this special way.

Please note that annual availability is limited, so please get in touch as soon as possible. Call us on 020 7605 4451 or email legacies@independentage.org to be referred to the National Free Wills Network.

The Law Society

You can also find a solicitor in your area through The Law Society at solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/

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