Maudsley Charity and South London and Maudsley Trust (SLaM) provides the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK. We also provide substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. All gifts, including legacies, fund projects that work towards improving life for people with mental health issues and mean we can go above and beyond in the care we provide.
Leaving a gift in your will to Maudsley Charity costs you nothing now, and is a wonderful way to give something back, perhaps to acknowledge the treatment and care that you or a loved one received. Making or amending a will is easier than you think.
Have you already included us in your will?
Please let us know if you’re planning to leave a gift or have already included us in your will. We will maintain the confidentiality of your intentions, and it means we can let you know how your support will make a difference.
I don’t have a will…
We advise using a solicitor to draw up your will. A qualified solicitor can guide you through any unfamiliar legal language as well as any issues in Probate Law, Inheritance and Capital Gains Tax that may affect your estate. Using a solicitor can give you peace of mind, with the opportunity to set everything out clearly. The Law Society has lots of information on how to choose a solicitor.
Before you seek professional advice, make sure you have:
- A list of all your assets with rough estimates of what they might be worth.
- A list of any outstanding debts.
- A list of beneficiaries, including any charities and their registered charity numbers, you would like to include in your will.
Ideally you should also:
- Decide who you would like to be the executors of your will – these are the people who will carry out the instructions within your will.
- Choose guardians for your children if they are under 18 – but discuss this with the potential guardians before including them in your will.
- Decide whether you would prefer burial or cremation.
- Indicate whether you would like flowers at your funeral or whether you would prefer donations to go to a charity, such as the Maudsley Charity.
Once your will has been written and you are happy that it reflects your wishes, it needs to be signed by you and witnessed by two other people, all in the presence of each other. A witness must not be a direct family member (this includes your spouse/civil partner) or a beneficiary in your will.
I already have a will…
You can add a codicil to your existing will at any time.
A codicil is a legally valid addition to a will and can be used to make specific changes or amendments, such as replacing an executor or including a new gift, while leaving the remaining instructions untouched. A solicitor can advise you or write a codicil on your behalf.
Please feel free to contact our Emma Simpson from our Legacies Team, if you have any additional queries. If you speak with us about your will, you are free to change it at any time. All queries are treated with the utmost discretion.
T: 020 7848 4701 (Option 3)