How to include the RAF Association in your Will
Advice on making a Will
We always recommend that you use a solicitor to help you make or change your Will. Once you have made a decision, it is always better to act at the earliest opportunity.
To save time in the solicitor’s office, it helps if you can make a list of your assets beforehand and have thought about who you would like to receive what in the event of your death. Think about who could act as your executor or executors – they are the people who make sure that your wishes are carried out.
Your solicitor will then draft a Will for you to sign.
If you have already made a Will, it is a good idea to review it regularly, as your circumstances may have changed
Types of legacy gift
This is whatever is left over after all gifts of fixed amounts of money and named items have been made from your estate. You can also leave a portion or percentage of this ‘residue’. It can be handy if you aren’t sure what your estate will be worth, for example if you’re worried about having to pay for nursing care one day. A gift of, say, ten per cent of your estate stays at just that – whatever its value – ten per cent.
This means leaving a fixed sum of money. Here is some sample wording.
I leave to The Royal Air Forces Association of Atlas House, Wembley Road, Leicester LE3 1UT, Charity Registration Numbers: 226686 (England & Wales) and SC037673 (Scotland) the sum of £ (to be completed) (amount in words) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.
This means leaving a specific thing or item, for example shares or a painting. You can even leave a pension pot (though you will need to arrange this with your pension company). The RAF Association will then sell this gift and turn it into funds to support the RAF family in need. Here is some sample wording.
I leave to The Royal Air Forces Association of Atlas House, Wembley Road, Leicester LE3 1UT, Charity Registration Numbers: 226686 (England & Wales) and SC037673 (Scotland) (description of item) absolutely for the general purposes of the said charity and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.
You can even leave a house or trust fund for a member of your family to enjoy for the rest of their lifetime before it then reverts to the RAF Association when they die. Your solicitor can help you with this.
A share of your estate
This is any amount or percentage of what remains of your estate after expenses and gifts have been paid. The advantage of this type of gift is that it won’t be affected by inflation, you will therefore be less likely to need to update your Will in the future as the intentions behind each gift will be unaffected by wider economic factors.
Further legacy information to download
- Legacy Brochure
- Simple codicil
- Our Legacy Charter
- Remembrance Garden Brochure
- Frequently asked Wills questions
- RAFA Will Planner