By leaving a gift in your will to Together for Short Lives, you will stand together with families and help change the future of children’s palliative care.
Together for Short Lives exists to work towards a future where every seriously ill child, and their family, receives high quality children’s palliative care when and where they need it. By making a gift in your Will, we will improve, support, and campaign for children’s palliative services. Together, we will make sure that no family faces the journey of their child’s short life alone and can instead treasure every moment they have.
The importance of a Will
Whilst not a legal requirement, having a professionally written and up to date Will is the only way for you to decide what happens to your property, money, and personal possessions after you die. But above all it puts you in control and ensures that your wishes are respected.
Need help or have a question?
Check our Gifts in Wills FAQ section below for common questions or email us by clicking the button below
Gifts in Wills FAQ
How do I make a Will?
It is generally advisable to use a solicitor to write your Will. This will ensure your Will is legal and that your wishes will be carried out. If you don’t have a solicitor, you can find one in your area by contacting the Law Society. Alternatively, you can write your Will free of charge with our trusted Will-writing partners via the Together For Short Live Free Will service.
What happens if I die without a Will?
If you die without a Will (intestate), it is up to the law to decide how your estate is distributed, which might not reflect your wishes.
How can I include a gift to Together for Short Lives in my Will?
If you do decide to leave us a gift in your Will, here are the details you’ll need:
Together for Short Lives
Registered charity number: 1144022
What gift can I leave?
There are three types of gift you can leave in your Will:
A residuary gift
This is a share of your total estate (everything you own that is of value) after all other payments (such as lifetime debts, tax, and administrative expense) have been deducted.
A pecuniary gift
A pecuniary gift is a fixed amount of money that you leave in your Will.
A specific gift
A specific gift is when you leave a particular item of value – such as personal possessions, property or shares.
How does making a charity gift affect inheritance tax?
A gift to charity is taken off the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated. If 10% or more of your estate is gifted to charity, your Inheritance Tax could reduce. Your solicitor will be able to advise you about Inheritance Tax.
Can I update an existing Will?
It is important to keep your Will up to date to reflect your current circumstances and wishes. The only way you can change a Will is by making an official alteration called a codicil. We suggest you seek the same legal advice as when you made your original Will.
Should I tell Together for Short Lives if I include them in my Will?
Your Will is private. It is your choice as to whether you choose to tell us that you left a gift to support seriously ill children and the future of children’s palliative care. However, if you do let us know, then we can do more to show you what your gift could achieve.