Why leave a gift to Oasis?
Gifts in wills fund our vital services for women and children
It is no exaggeration to say that our services save lives and change lives. By leaving a gift to Oasis, you will help us to keep people affected by violence and abuse safe. You will help victims of abuse to rebuild their lives following traumatic experiences.
Your gift can help to build a future in which women and children can live in safety, free from violence and fear.
What type of legacies can I include in my will?
There are several ways in which you can leave a legacy gift to Oasis:
Leave a residuary bequest to Refuge by donating all or a specific portion of the remainder of your estate once all other bequests have been made and debts have been cleared.
Example: I give 10% of the residue of my estate to Oasis Domestic Abuse Service (PO Box 174, Margate, Kent, CT9 4GA, Registered Charity Number 1126198) to be applied by Oasis for its charitable purposes
Leave a pecuniary bequest by donating a fixed sum of money. However, it is worth remembering that the value of these gifts decrease over time as the cost of living rises.
Example: I give £5,000 to Oasis Domestic Abuse Service (PO Box 174, Margate, Kent, CT9 4GA, Registered Charity Number 1126198) to be applied by Refuge for its charitable purposes.
Leave a specific bequest by donating a named item in your will. It is important to describe the item as accurately as possible to avoid any confusion.
Example: I leave my diamond engagement ring to Oasis Domestic Abuse Service (PO Box 174, Margate, Kent, CT9 4GA, Registered Charity Number 1126198)
Leave a contingent bequest by donating a gift dependent upon the occurrence of an event which may or may not happen, such as in the event of other named beneficiaries dying before you.
Example: In the event that my daughter and beneficiary, Alice Florence Smith, should die before me, I leave my home, 23 Orchard Drive, Swimmington, SW21 8GB to Oasis Domestic Abuse Service (PO Box 174, Margate, Kent, CT9 4GA, Registered Charity Number 1126198) to be applied by Refuge for its charitable purposes.
What to consider when writing your will:
Everyone should keep an up to date will. Here are some important points to remember when making a will:
Work out your assets. Making a list of your assets and liabilities will give you a good idea of the value of your estate.
Consult a professional. This will help to ensure that you follow all legal formalities and create a valid will. You can find a solicitor in your area through the Law Society at www.lawsociety.org.uk or by calling 020 7242 1222.
Decide who will be included in your will. Make a list of people, charities and organisations you would like to remember.
Consider your executors. These are the people named in your will who will carry out your wishes.
Keep your will up to date. Review your will whenever there are major changes in your personal, financial and family circumstances.
Keep it safe. Leave your original, signed will with your solicitor or legal adviser – this is the only legally binding version. Keep a copy yourself, and make sure your executors know where to find it.