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Common questions

Below are some of the more common questions and answers about making a Will.

If you have any questions or concerns about writing a Will our fundraising team will be more than happy to talk things through. To contact us  call 0131 347 1029 or email

Why make a Will?

Writing a Will is the only way to ensure that your property and possessions go to the people you want to inherit them.

How do I go about making a first Will?

It is best to do this through a solicitor.

How much does it cost to make a Will?

This will vary depending on the solicitor you choose, but as a rough guide you should expect to pay between £75 - £200 plus VAT depending on your circumstances

How do I add a legacy to a charity to an existing Will?

You can make changes to an existing Will by adding a Codicil.  This is fairly straightforward and our Codicil request form should help make things even easier.  However, you may still wish to talk to your solicitor.

Who should I appoint as my executor?

You can choose anyone to be your executor - your spouse, relative, friend or solicitor.  You should choose someone you trust who is likely to outlive you.  An executor can also be a beneficiary under your Will.

What are the tax advantages of leaving money to charity?

If your estate is worth more than £325,000 then Inheritance Tax is payable on anything above that amount.  However, Inheritance Tax is not payable on gifts you leave to charity.

Can I give property or shares to a charity rather than cash?

Yes, we are more than happy to accept such donations, and so are most charities.

How often should I update my Will?

It makes sense to review your Will every five years or so, or if your circumstances change.