Reprieve has been working to deliver justice and save lives for over 20 years, thanks to our wonderful supporters. One of the powerful ways that some of the Reprieve community help us to ensure we can continue our work is by leaving a gift in their Will.
By leaving a legacy of any size to Reprieve, you will be helping to ensure that we can continue fighting against injustice, standing up for vulnerable people and saving lives across the world. For over twenty years, we have been there for those who don’t have a voice, your gift would help us do that for decades to come. Your gift could enable us to secure the freedom of a juvenile facing the death penalty; it could help a victim of torture and detention at Guantanamo Bay to begin to rebuild their lives or could help victims of lethal drone strikes to fight for justice in the courts of law.
Legacies are vital in securing Reprieve’s future. Please consider including us in your Will to ensure that your support for our work lives on.
How can I include Reprieve in my Will?
Writing or amending your Will can feel like a daunting or scary process, but it can give you peace of mind and will mean your loved ones are cared for according to your wishes.
After you have looked after your friends and family, it also gives you an opportunity to help Reprieve to fight for justice for people facing extreme human rights abuses for years to come.
If you would like to include a gift to Reprieve in your Will, you can do so in the way that is best for you and your loved ones. Your donation will also be free from inheritance tax, and you can read more about inheritance tax here.
There are three types of gift you can leave:
- A residuary gift- this is a share of, or the remainder of your estate once you have taken care of loved ones
- A pecuniary gift – a fixed amount of money of any size
- A specific gift- a particular item like a property or piece of jewellery
For help with finding a solicitor, please contact the Law Society at www.lawsociety.org.uk.
Making or amending your Will
We always recommend you use a lawyer or solicitor to help you write your Will. A solicitor can also help you with wording and other services.
If you decide to include a gift to Reprieve, your solicitor can advise you on the appropriate wording.
We are also delighted to announce that we have teamed up with The Goodwill Partnership. The Goodwill Partnership is a home-visit best practice, solicitor-provided Will service. To make or amend your will, you will receive a home visit from a trained local counsellor at a time of your choosing, and your will is then professionally drafted by a panel solicitor.
To book your appointment directly with The Goodwill Partnership, call 0844 669 6148, quoting Reprieve, or visit their website.
Do you have any sample wording I can use in my Will?
We recommend that you speak to your lawyer or solicitor about the most appropriate wording for your own Will.
Your lawyer or solicitor may use this sample wording as a guideline:
“I wish to leave a gift to Reprieve, registered charity number: 1114900, Reprieve, PO Box 78292, London, E1W 9SS [xx% of my estate] or [specific amount]. The receipt of the Executive Director or other duly authorised officer of the Charity shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my executors.“
Adding Reprieve to your existing will
If you already have a will but would like to add a gift to Reprieve, you can amend your existing will with a codicil. Please ask your solicitor about this.
We are so grateful to everyone who considers or decides to leave a gift to help us to fight for justice for years to come. If you have included Reprieve in your will, it is helpful to let us know so we can plan for the future but it is in no way legally binding. Your information will be kept confidential. If you feel comfortable telling us about your gift please let us know.
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact [email protected].
To find out more about the change Reprieve creates, please read about impact to date here.