Thank you for considering leaving a gift for the Parish of St. John Payne. There are 3 main types of gift that you can leave:
- Pecuniary – a specific sum of money
- Residuary – some or all of your estate once your family and friends have been looked after
- Specific – such as an item of jewellery
If you do not already have a Will then you should strongly consider making one. Making it clear how you’d like your estate to be distributed can save everyone a lot of worry and can help avoid disputes and administrative problems for your executors. Wills are best made using a lawyer, a professional Will writer or some charities will offer free Will drafting. Making your own Will is possible and kits can be bought, but it is easy to make mistakes silly mistakes which can negate the whole Will.
If you are writing a Will and plan to leave something to St. John Payne Catholic Parish, you need to include the charity’s full name, address and registered charity number (St. John Payne Catholic Parish, 21 Blackthorn Ave, Colchester CO4 3QD, Brentwood Diocesan Trust, Registered Charity no.234092).
If you already have a Will then you don’t need to write and pay for a new Will if you wish to leave the Parish a gift. There are two main options.
- The first is a letter of wishes, which is a confidential document that accompanies a Will. It lists specific items that you wish to give. A letter of wishes can be altered without changing your Will. However, unlike a Will, a letter of wishes is not legally binding, so you’d need a trusted person to carry out your requests. If the amounts are significant, you’d be advised to keep them in your Will by making a Codicil.
- If you wish to amend a Will without having to write a new one you, you can make an amendment called a Codicil. If the amendment is complex you may be better to start again with a new Will. Suggested wording for a Codicil to a Will is given below, but expert advice is recommended.