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Suggested Wording

If you wish to leave a gift to St John's Hospice, with the help of your solicitor, the following wording can be used when drafting your Will.

Residuary Legacy
"I give all (or a ___ % share of) the residue of my estate to St John's Hospice of 60 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, London NW8 9NH, Registered Charity Number 235822, free of Inheritance Tax, for its general charitable purposes and I direct the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my [Executor(s)/Trustees]."

Pecuniary Legacy
"I give to St John's Hospice of 60 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, London NW8 9NH, Registered Charity Number 235822, for its general charitable purposes the sum of money produced by dividing the sum of £___(words and figures) by the index figure in the Index of Retail Prices ('the Index') for the month in which this will is executed and (having made allowances for any re-basing of the Index which may have happened in the meantime) multiplying it by the Index figure in the Index for the month in which my death occurs, and I direct the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my [Executor(s)/Trustees]."
 
Legal Words
Below are some of the more common legal words you may encounter when writing or amending your Will.

Administrator
Someone who is appointed to arrange a person's affairs if they leave no Will.

Beneficiary
An individual or organisation who receives a gift in a Will.

Chattels and movables
Personal possessions, including furniture and car.

Codicil
A document which enables a simple update or alteration to an existing Will.

Estate
All a person's possessions at the time of death.

Executor
The person appointed to carry out the instructions in a Will.

Intestate
You are intestate if you die without making a Will.

Legacy
A gift left to a person or organisation in a Will.

Life interest
A two stage legacy, where the first beneficiary is given the first use of an asset (e.g. a house) during their lifetime. After their death the asset passes to the second beneficiary.

Pecuniary legacy
A gift of a fixed amount of money.

Probate
The legal procedure to decide whether someone's left a valid Will.

Residue
The sum left from an estate when all debts, charges and gifts are deducted.

Residuary legacy
A gift consisting of the residue or part of the residue of an estate. This is a particularly popular way to leave a gift to charity. 

Specific Legacy
A gift of a particular item .e.g. jewellery.

Testator (male) or testatrix (female)
The person who is making the Will.


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