Frequently Asked Questions
What is a legacy?
A legacy is a gift left in your Will. You can leave a legacy by writing a new Will, or by making an addition (called a codicil) to your existing Will. We recommended you speak to your solicitor if you wish to create a Will or make any amendments to an existing Will.
I’d like to leave a legacy to Missing People. What information do I need to include?
The most important information you need to include is the charity’s registered name, address and charity number. Your solicitor will be able to assist you with appropriate wording. Please see our details below:
284 Upper Richmond Road West
London, SW14 7JE
Registered charity number: 1020419
What is the best way to leave a gift in my Will to Missing People?
A legacy need not be high in value. Any gift large or small, will make a difference. Many supporters decide to leave a ‘residuary’ gift in their Will (a percentage of the remainder of your estate after all other bequests have been issued). This gift will simply come from whatever is left after your loved ones have been provided for.
Are there any tax benefits to leaving a gift in my Will to Missing People?
If you leave a gift in your Will to a charity the gift is exempt of inheritance tax. This means it is deducted from the total value of your estate before the calculation for inheritance tax is made. For more information, please click here.
I want to leave a gift to a specific project. Can I do this?
Having flexible funding is essential to Missing People’s ability to sustain and expand our support services. Leaving a legacy for our charity's general use is most effective as it means that your gift will be used where it is needed most. Leaving a legacy gift to a specific type of work might mean that it cannot be used. This can occur if we no longer conduct the type of work specified in the future.
My relative has passed away and left a legacy to Missing People in their Will. What do I need to do?
We are very grateful for legacy gifts from generous supporters. Please ask the Executor to notify us in writing of the legacy gift by sending a letter to our address listed above so that we can commence the process of transferring the legacy gift to Missing People. Thank you. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Why is having a Will important?
Having a Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are followed once you are gone. If you do not have a Will, the law will decide who inherits your property and monetary assets. Leaving clear instructions and sharing your decisions with your family and friends can give you peace of mind that your final wishes will be understood and respected after you are gone. We recognise that writing a Will is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make and appreciate that it’s important to take your time and have all of the relevant information you need to assist you with the process.
The information contained here is for guidance only. Please seek professional legal advice from your solicitor when making or amending your Will.