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Leaving a Gift in your Will

Mark Dumas, Chair of the Meath’s Trustees, explains the
importance of legacies to the work of the Charity:

“It may surprise you to know that, each day, eighty five more people are diagnosed with epilepsy across the country. Many people’s epilepsy will be so severe that medication alone
Leave a gift in your will not control it, some even requiring twenty-four hour care in order for them to live safe,happy and fulfilled lives

Our services at the Meath are making a tremendous difference day to day for the people living with severe epilepsy and associated learning and physical disabilities we currently support. But it would be wonderful if we could safeguard our service network for the generations to come.

You can help us to do this … and it’s a simple process. A gift to the Meath in your Will, once family and friends have been taken into account, will impact dramatically on what can be achieved by the Charity, as well as provide a wonderfully long-lasting personal legacy.”

I’m leaving a legacy:

“Our daughter has been in the wonderful care of The Meath for over 20 years. During this time she has had several life threatening episodes and has always been really well supported and cared for both physically and mentally by the amazing staff. She continues to live a relatively well and happy life in beautiful surroundings and this is why we have decided to leave a legacy to The Meath in our Will to help them continue with their excellent work for not only our daughter but all the other residents in years to come.”

Leaving a gift to The Meath in your will is a wonderful way for your generosity to last beyond your own life-time. A gift of a donation in your Will can help us to ensure that the Meath is able to provide outstanding care in many years to come and is a straightforward, easy and cost-effective way to support our work.

Giving to charity under your will is tax free so that no part of your estate passing to charity after your death will be subject to inheritance tax (which is otherwise usually charged at 40%). A legacy gift can also make your wealth go further on your death by Dr Colin Stokes MBE, pictured beside his wife potentially reducing the overall rate of inheritance tax charged on your estate. We would al-ways recommend that you use a solicitor when making or updating your Will and they will advise you on the different types of legacy, including:

Residuary legacy – This is a gift of the remainder (or a percentage of the remainder) of your estate after all other legacies have been made and debts cleared.

Pecuniary legacy – This is a gift of a fixed sum of money. The value of pecuniary legacies will decrease over time, as the cost of living increases. If you wish to avoid this, it is possible to word a pecuniary legacy so that it is index-linked.

Specific legacy – This is a gift of a particular named item in your Will, for example, a piece of art.

Longstop legacy – This is a gift that takes effect if the other beneficiaries named in your Will (for example family members) die before you do.

You can visit the Remember A Charity website to find out how to leave a gift to charity when making a Will.

For more information, please call or email Tania Cantoni.
T: 01483 411071
E: taniac@meath.org.uk

Mark Dumas
Dr Colin Stokes MBE, pictured beside his wife