How to leave a legacy

It’s usually a lot more straightforward than people think. There’s more than one way to do it, too. So you can make sure your will does exactly what you want it to and honours your wishes.

There are two important ways you can leave a gift to a charity:

  1. A pecuniary gift - when you leave a specific amount of money
  2. A residuary gift - when you leave a percentage of your estate

Residuary gifts are extremely helpful because they tend to be inflation-proof, being a percentage rather than a specific sum.

We can help you with the wording to make sure you leave a gift the way you want to. You can find sample wording in our downloadable guide.

Do you want to help a specific place or space?
Another thing to think about is whether you want to help a particular area of our work. Maybe a property or region that has a special memory or significance to you? Or, like most people, you might prefer to let us put your gift to work where it’s needed most.

When it comes to writing your will, there are lots of ways you can go about it. We can take you through everything step-by-step. Whatever your circumstances you’ll be able to find a way that’s right for you. Simply get in touch with our team, and we will be able to help.

Your legacy guide

Your step by step guide to making or updating your will and some suggested wording to take to your professional advisor. We include some different ways to leave a bequest to the National Trust.

How legacies help

We’d like to show you some of the many ways that legacies help us and why they are just so important to the National Trust.

Any questions?

If you'd like to ask us anything, or would prefer to talk through some of the options, please do get in contact with the Legacy Team.  

Thank you for remembering us

We appreciate that leaving a legacy is a very personal gesture.  But we’d really like to thank you if you are thinking of us and show you what you’ll be helping us to achieve. 

Your questions answered

If you’ve got any questions about making a will, leaving us a legacy or how we use legacies, we’ve pulled together a list of the frequently asked questions.

Order a legacy brochure

If you would prefer to receive a guide to making or updating a will through the post, either email us or call us on 01793 817699.