Writing your will can feel daunting. There’s lots of jargon and you may not know where to start. But it’s easier than you think. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you with this.

Making a new will

Before appointing a solicitor, try to note down the following information:

  • Everything you own - including savings, possessions, property - and their approximate value.
  • Any outstanding mortgages, loans or other liabilities
  • Who you would like to benefit from your will, such as family, friends, charities or other good causes
  • Who you would like to act as executors to carry out your wishes, such as your professional advisors, family members or friends

Now you are ready to make an appointment with your solicitor. Find out more information about how to choose a solicitor.

Updating an existing will

Depending on how simple the change is, all you may need to do is add a codicil. Speak to your solicitor who should be able to advise

What types of gifts can I leave WWT?

You will then need to decide the type of gift you would like to leave in your will.

  • A share of your estate (Residuary Legacy) - this is the most popular way to leave a gift in a will. Once you've worked out what you're leaving to family and friends you can donate a share or all of what’s left (after gifts and debts have been settled).
  • A specific sum of money (Pecuniary Legacy) - if you would prefer to leave a specific sum of money to WWT, you can specify this amount in your will.
  • A specific item - these items could include collector’s items, a first edition book, or any item that you think will be of some value to WWT.

How to word a legacy to WWT

We have put a choice of wording together for you to provide your solicitor with.

A gift for general purposes

This will benefit our priority programmes at the time for saving wetlands for wildlife and people at our centres and elsewhere.

I give to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust of Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BT (registered charity number 1030884 [Scotland SC039410]) the sum of £____ [or __X% of the residue of my estate] for its general purposes.

If you are leaving a set sum please consider linking it to the Retail Price Index to prevent its value decreasing with inflation.

A gift for a particular purpose

If you would prefer to help an individual WWT centre or other aspect of our work, the following wording is suggested.

For a centre

I give to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust of Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BT (registered charity number 1030884 [Scotland SC039410]) the sum of £____ [or __X% of the residue of my estate] for its general purposes, with the request that it be used for its centre at _______________.

For a particular aspect of our work

I give to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust of Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BT (registered charity number 1030884 [Scotland SC039410]) the sum of £____ OR [X% of] the residue of my estate for its general purposes, with the request that it be used for its [e.g. educational] work.

Please note: we will always follow your wishes unless subsequent circumstances have made it not possible (e.g. in the event we are not at the time able to cover a specific aspect of work named). The broader the area of work chosen, the easier it is likely to be for your wishes to be followed. For example, if you indicate a hide at a particular centre, it may happen that this is not something that can be accommodated at the time.

If you include WWT in your will

Should you be kind enough to include a gift to WWT in your Will, please let us know so we can acknowledge this wonderful gesture in various ways as well as ensuring you are not sent any mailings about legacies in the future. Please contact Legacy Manager, Lucy England on 01453 891150 or via our contact form.