“How many people will have to die before we will take a stand?  How many children will have to cry, before we do all we can? – Michael Jackson, What More Can I Give

Leave a Legacy

How to leave a gift in your will

Thank you for thinking of leaving a gift to MJL in your will. Below we will answer any questions you might have about leaving a lasting, loving legacy. If you need any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why should I leave a gift to MJL?

Funds are absolutely vital to our work. Donations made by individuals across the globe have enabled us to help some of the world’s most impoverished children and in-need animals, as well as helping protect the natural environment and to equip vulnerable adults, such as the homeless, with items necessary to get them through the coldest months of the year. Funding helps us to expand our work and to look for new ways to reach out and to tackle the issues facing people, animals and the environment as we seek to create a better world for all. 

What kind of gift can I leave to MJL in my will?

There are 3 main types of gift you can leave in your will:

  • A residuary gift is a percentage of your estate after any specific gifts have been made to friends and family. Many who gift to charity choose this option since its value is based on the value of your estate rather than a set figure, ensuring that your loved ones are looked after first and foremost. 
  • A pecuniary gift is a specific amount of money. This type of gift is likely to lose value over time due to inflation and so might end up being less than you initially intended, but it is just as appreciated and invaluable to us.
  • A specific gift is when you specific a particular item such as a personal possession, stocks and shares, or land and buildings.

How do I get started?

In the UK, you can find basic forms to complete at post offices and some stationers which are perfectly suitable for a small, uncomplicated will. There is no reason why you should spend a lot of money on producing and storing your will unless it is complex, though you may prefer going through a lawyer/solicitor if your will is more complex of if, by doing so, it gives you extra peace of mind. 

You may already have a will in place and if everything else in it is in order, you may decide to add an amendment (known as a codicil) in order to benefit your favourite charity.

It’s always daunting to think about making a will, since we’re forced to think of those inevitabilities that we’d rather not focus on. However, whether you’re gifting to MJL or to another charity, making a will is imperative since it ensured that your wishes are carried out after you die. This will bring you and your loved ones more comfort and ensure that things are all in place at a difficult time.

Please let us know if you leave us a gift

Do let us know if you’ve decided to leave a gift to MJL in your will, so that we can thank you for such an incredibly kind gesture. We understand your will is a private matter, so anything you share with us will be kept strictly confidential. 

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