Your Will is the safest way to protect those closest to you and lets you choose what happens to your money and possessions.

It also makes it easier and less stressful for your family while they try to sort out your affairs after you're gone.

If you don't write a Will, the law decides how your estate is passed on – and this might not be as you had wished.

For more information on what to consider before starting to have your Will written or updated, request our free Will guide.

Finding a solicitor 

We recommend using a professional solicitor to write or update your Will, as this ensures everything is valid.  You may have your own that you want to use or you can contact The Law Society to find a qualified solicitor. 

Alternatively, you can write your Will with our Free Will Services.

How to include us in your will

If you want to leave Barnardo's a gift in your Will, it's worth taking time to think about the form and value of your gift. 

You can leave the following types:

  • A fixed sum: this is a set sum of money such as £1,000. This type of gift is also known as a pecuniary gift 
  • A share or percentage: this is what is left over after all bills, debts, taxes and other gifts are paid. This type of gift is also known as a residuary gift. You can give the whole of the residue to a person or a charity, or a portion of it
  • A specific item: this is a specific item such as a painting, piece of jewellery or house

Whatever kind of gift you leave, know that it has the power to transform a childhood. 

Suggested gift wording

We always advise that you speak to a legal professional to check you’ve got the right wording in your Will. It’s always important to include our name, registered charity number and address:

  • Registered charity Nos. 216250 and SCO37605 
  • Barnardo's, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 1QG 


When can I use a codicil instead of writing a new Will?

A codicil should be used for small changes such as including a gift in your Will to Barnardo’s. However if you’re making significant changes we would advise writing a new Will instead.  If you do choose to use a codicil then you should store it alongside your Will so your executors don’t miss it.

Can I request that my gift be used on a specific project?

Yes you can. But it’s a good idea to not restrict your gift too tightly as in the future we may not be running that specific project, as we respond to the changing needs of children, young people and their families. We recommend you express your wishes in the form of a non-binding wish by saying “it is my wish but without creating any legally binding obligation that…”. 

Can I use my Will to save Inheritance Tax?

You can leave your money free of Inheritance Tax up to a certain amount. For each £100 above that amount, when you leave £60 to your friends and family, £40 will go to the Treasury, unless you take control of your money and leave that £100 to a charity of your choice. 

That way, you decide how your money is used. Your money, left as a legacy in your Will, could make a real difference to your chosen charity.

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Can I give with an Islamic Will?

Yes, Muslims can leave up to a third of their estate to beneficiaries who will not be a fixed inheritor, such as Barnardo’s. And by leaving a gift in your Will to us, you can pass on the gift of family to others. Your gift could be an act of Sadaqah Jariyah (ongoing charity that continues after one passes away) and help transform childhoods today, tomorrow, and far into the future.

Should I tell you if I’ve left a gift in my Will to you?

It’s completely up to you whether you would like to tell us about your gift, we realise that it’s a private matter for some. We always love having the opportunity to thank our supporters as well as keeping them up to date with our work.