Leave a Legacy

Leave a legacy

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Legacies help Cornwall Wildlife Trust to ensure that our conservation work continues to safeguard our county's wildlife and habitats well into the future

Once you have taken care of family and friends, we hope that you will consider leaving a legacy gift to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Legacies are a vital funding source for us and whether your gift is small or large, all gifts help us protect Cornwall's wildlife and wild places for future generations.Some of the Trust's most important nature reserves were gifted to us through Wills. Money from legacies has been used for all manner of essential wildlife conservation work, from education projects to vital habitat restoration work.

If you are thinking of remembering Cornwall Wildlife Trust in your Will, the following information should help.

Letting us know

Please let us know if you have included a legacy to Cornwall Wildlife Trust in your Will. This not only helps us to plan for the future but also means we can keep you up to date with the work of the Trust, should you wish to do so.

Types of legacies

Pecuniary Bequest

This is when you leave a specific sum of money. Please remember that inflation may impact on the amount we may actually receive.

Specific Bequest

This is when you choose to leave a specific item such as a painting, jewellery or even your home.

Residual Bequest

You may choose to leave whatever is left over once all your other bequests are made and all costs met. This is the residue of your estate.

Making a new Will

If you need to make a Will, the first step is to talk to your solicitor. This will ensure that your Will is legally correct and that all your wishes are carried out.

Your solicitor will be able to help you:

  • calculate the value of your estate
  • choose the type of legacy to leave
  • choose your executor(s)

Updating an existing Will

If you already have a Will and would like to include a legacy to the Trust, all you have to do is:

  • contact your solicitor
  • instruct your solicitor that you would like to remember the Trust in your Will
  • discuss the details of the legacy with your solicitor

Your solicitor can then add your request to your existing Will. This is known as a Codicil.

For more information on legacies, please download our Make a Will for Wildlife leaflet. If you would prefer a hard copy of the leaflet, please contact the Trust.

Further information

If you would like more information on legacies, or would like to let us know that you have remembered the Trust in your Will, please call Emma Miller on: (01872) 273939, or email emma.miller@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk