You might have seen that March is Free Wills Month. If you would like more information on how you can write or update your will free of charge, please call Cerian on 020 7222 1602, or email email@example.com, and she will be delighted to talk you through it.
For most of us, our will is one way of looking after the people we care about, a way of still caring for our loved ones once we have gone.
After you have taken care of your family and friends, a gift to the Cardinal Hume Centre, however small, would help those who do not have a family to look out for them. Those who rely on people they do not know – people like you – to care about them.
By making a commitment to the Centre, you are ensuring that we will always be here to enrich and mend the lives of vulnerable young people and those in poverty.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Legacy advisor Cerian Van Gelder, on 020 7222 1602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for in informal and confidential chat.
The Centre is proud to be a founder member of Your Catholic Legacy (you can visit their website for details). You can download their clear and informative magazine, which includes a useful ‘Making Your Will – Top Tips’ article (we are happy to post on request).
You might also find the answers to our most frequently asked questions useful:
Why should I make a will?
Having an up-to-date will is the only way to make sure that your family and friends, and any charities you care about, are provided for in the way you wish.
What basic information do I need to include when I’m leaving a gift in my will to the Centre?
The most important bits of information to include are our name, our address and our registered charity number:
Cardinal Hume Centre, 3-7 Arneway Street, London, SW1P 2BG
Charity number: 1090836
Do I need a solicitor?
Officially no, but it’s probably best to. ‘Do it yourself’ wills can cause problems if details are left out or wording is not correct.
How do I choose a solicitor?
The Centre is a member of the National Free Wills Network and, if you do not have a solicitor at the moment, please call or email Cerian for more information.
Are there different ways I can leave a gift?
Yes. There are three main types of gift:
- Residuary gift: The whole or a percentage of your estate after providing for loved ones and covering administrative expenses.
- Pecuniary gift: A fixed sum of money
- Specific gift: A specific item of value, such as an item of property, a piece of jewellery or a painting.
What if my circumstances change?
A good solicitor will make sure your will is worded to take account of any changes in your circumstances – such as a birth, marriage, or a change in your finances.
What if I want to amend an existing will?
Your solicitor can help you to add a form called a codicil to your existing will. You can download the Centre’s Codicil here.