Lord Dowding Fund for humane research


National Antivisection Society

How to leave money to the Lord Dowding Fund

11 February 2016

Beneficiaries are the people or organisations to whom you leave parts of your estate. Bequests (legacies/gifts) are what you leave to them. The main types of bequests you can leave in your Will are these:

(a) A Residuary Bequest
After all your bequests have been made, and all the debts, taxes, and funeral expenses are settled, there is likely to be an amount of money left over. This is called the residue. A residuary gift is this remainder of your estate; it can be given whole, or divided up between a number of beneficiaries. The residue is frequently left to causes such as the Lord Dowding Fund.

(b) A Pecuniary Bequest
A pecuniary legacy is the gift of a fixed sum of money. When making such a bequest it is important to remember it will diminish with inflation, so needs to be reviewed regularly, or perhaps index-linked. Your solicitor can help with this.

(c) A Conditional, or Substitutional, Bequest
A conditional bequest states what should happen if the beneficiary dies before you, i.e. a gift of, say, £2,000 to a relative may specify that if the relative were to die before you, their gift passes to a specific group, such as the LDF. It is a common way of donating money to campaigning groups.

(d) A Specific Bequest
A specific bequest is the gift of a particular item such as jewellery, a house, car or painting.

(e) A Reversionary Bequest
Reversionary bequests allow you to leave someone a gift from which they can benefit throughout their lives. After their death it passes to another person or organisation named in your Will. It is another popular way of benefiting causes.

It is important that those intending to benefit the Society include our full name and address in their Will:

It is very important for your solicitor to know the LDF’s correct name and address:

The Lord Dowding Fund
Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP, United Kingdom.
tel. +44 (0)20 7630 3340
fax. +44 (0)20 7828 2179

Call for our booklet on making your Will, and take it with you when you make your Will.

Sample Wording FOR YOUR WILL
I HEREBY BEQUEATH the residue of my estate to the Lord Dowding Fund of Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP, free of all taxes, duties and expenses, and I further direct that the receipt of the duly authorised officer of the Society shall be sufficient discharge of such legacy. Even better, see our Codicil Form at the back of our booklet (which we can send to you) for suggested wording for these types of bequest. This clearly lays out your intent, and would need to be taken to your solicitor for signature, witnessing, and attachment to your original Will.

Statement of Intention
It is very helpful to our future campaign planning if we know that legacies will be coming to the LDF in future years (although we always hope not too soon!). Would you kindly complete the statement of intention slip, at the back of our legacy pack, and return it to us? We would be most grateful, thank you.

Call for our booklet on making your Will, and take it with you when you make your Will.

Contact the LDF Legacy Officer for more information: [email protected], or tel. +44 (0)20 7630 3340

Click here to download the LDF Statement of Intention

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