Making a will is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. And it’s a lot more affordable and straightforward than you may think. A will ensures that your assets and possessions are left to those you love. It is also an opportunity to leave a gift to a charity, such as Changing Lives, and help build futures for generations to come.

Why write a will?

If you don’t write a will, your assets will be divided according to the law rather than according to your wishes.

Writing a will ensures the people you love receive the things you want them to have.

It is also an opportunity to leave a final gift to your chosen charities.

A gift in your will can change lives

A gift in your will – of whatever size – can leave a lasting legacy.

Your gift can help future generations improve their lives and secure a better future for their families.

Each year, supporters like you help over 16,000 people through their most difficult times.

You can leave a legacy that helps people take their first steps to:

  • secure a home
  • overcome addiction
  • enter the workplace
  • escape an abusive relationship
  • build confidence and skills to rebuild their lives

How to leave a gift in your will

I don’t have a will yet

Making a will is fairly straightforward, although it is best to get help from a solicitor

For further information, see the government website: www.gov.uk/make-will

I already have a will

  • Make sure it is up to date (having an out of date will can be worse than not having one at all)
  • If would like to add a gift for Changing Lives you need to add a codicil
  • A codicil is a straightforward document that  allows you to make amendments to an existing will instead of completely re-writing it
  • Find out more about adding a codicil on the Money Advice Service website

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