Leaving money for heroes in your Will - your forever gift to the work of the Veterans' Foundation.

Thank you for considering Veterans in need as you plan your Will.
When you make a donation to us through your Will, your generosity will continue to fund the life-changing projects of tomorrow.
We have partnered with legal experts 'Bequeathed' to help you make a Will.
Bequeathed can provide you with trusted free advice and a free Will-writing service. You can chat to them over the phone or on email and they'll support you throughout the process and tailor your Will to your priorities.
Bequeathed provides its services throughout England and Wales. If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, the Veterans' Foundation team will support you through the process from our head office in Edinburgh. Please email enquiries@veteransfoundation.org.uk for support if you live in Scotland, Northern Ireland or any other countries.
Whatever you decide to do we thank you for your kind consideration for our nation’s Veterans and Armed Forces Family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will to the Veterans’ Foundation, the answers may be below:

Why should I leave a gift in my Will?

A gift in a Will is important to the Veterans' Foundation and its beneficiaries as it provides life-changing support. The Veterans’ Foundation is constantly monitoring projects across UK that are dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable ex-servicemen and women so we understand where funding is required most. Unfortunately, the need for funding outweighs the funds we have available. By including the Veterans’ Foundation in your Will you are helping us make a long-lasting difference.

Can I decide how I would like my gift to be used?

Yes, there are two types of gifts in Wills. The first type is an ‘unrestricted’ gift and this allows our team to distribute funding where it is needed most; we effectively manage your gift on your behalf.  The second type of gift is ‘restricted’ and you can specify a particular area of support such as homelessness, mental health or remembrance.

What type of gift can I leave?

Any gift that helps to improve the lives of armed forces people who are in need is gratefully received.  There are three main kinds of gifts:

  • A specific legacy is a gift of a specific item such as a property, an artwork or an item of jewellery.
  • A residuary legacy is a percentage of the estate after the costs (debts, funeral costs, admin) and all other gifts have been deducted. This can be any percentage you choose. This is a very popular way of supporting veterans as it ensures their family and loved ones are taken care of first.
  • A pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money which can be any amount of your choice – the Veterans’ Foundation welcomes every penny towards projects for veterans in need.

How much does it cost to write a Will?

It is important to write a Will as it ensures that when you die your wishes are carried out quickly and accurately, according to your wishes.

The cost of legal services can vary but a basic Will can be written for around £150, or use our free Bequeathed service - there is no obligation to leave a gift but please consider the Veterans' Foundation in the process.

What if I want to change my Will, can it be done?

Yes, simple changes to your Will are possible and it can done through a Codicil which is a legally binding document used to update a Will.  If the changes are significant it might require a new Will to be written.  Please talk to the team at Bequeathed who will arrange this for free.

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If I’ve left something to the Veterans’ Foundation in my Will, should I tell you?

If you have decided to leave a gift to the Veterans' Foundation then it is useful for us to know as it allows us to plan our grant-giving.  Many of the Veteran' Foundation beneficiaries have life-long issues that need our financial support and proper planning helps us be cost-effective. 

Can’t find the answers you need?

Then please email us on enquiries@veteransfoundation.org.uk or call 0131 209 7860 and ask to talk to a Gift in Wills advisor.