Leave a Gift in your Will

Every year, we need to raise £15 million just to continue our work. Your Gift, whether small or large, will help us ensure that we can continue to deliver high quality care to vulnerable members of our community and their families.

What made me remember Jewish Care in my Will? They were the only source of help at a time I was bewildered and desperate. Giving to Jewish Care means I can help so many people with a single gift.” - Mrs N L

Your legacy will make a real difference.

You can help us

  • Buy new equipment, such as specially designed armchairs
  • Refurbish bedrooms at our homes with en-suite bathrooms to aid personal care
  • Maintain a pleasant environment for our community centres
  • Simply give the people we care for a special treat

Click here to download our guide to Wills and Legacies.

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If you would like to find out more in complete confidence about including a Gift in your Will, please call Alison 020 8922 2833 or email arubenstein@jcare.org

Deed of variation

Sometimes, the beneficiaries of a will may wish to direct more of an estate to charitable causes. 

Fortunately, it is possible to change a will retrospectively so long as it is done within two years of the date of death. This is achieved using a legal document called a deed of variation (DoV) which must be agreed by all of the beneficiaries.

Sometimes called an Instrument of Variation or a Deed of Family Arrangement, they are used to create or alter a deceased person's Will for various reasons but are generally used for Inheritance Tax (IHT) or Capital Gains Tax (CGT) purposes.

Good reasons to use a Deed of Variation

Balancing bequests:

Siblings might be given different percentages of the residue but would prefer if they inherited the same amount.

Balancing wealth:

A wealthy brother and a poorer sister being left the same share of the parents estate might agree to alter the percentages so that the poorer sister receives a larger share.  

Inheritance tax breaks:

The nil-rate band (NRB) is the amount of a person's estate liable at 0 per cent inheritance tax (IHT), currently£325,000.  A DoV can reduce the amount of inheritance tax paid on an estate.  Beneficiaries who have children of their own might want to divert their own inheritance directly to their children so that their own IHT liability is reduced.

Help with your will

Drawing up your will

  • Ask a practising solicitor to help draw up your will. This is the safest way to ensure that your wishes are carried out and to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Make a list of all your assets and liabilities so you will have an idea of the value of your estate.
  • Make a note of those you would like to benefit. Do not assume that those closest to you will automatically benefit - you must make a will to be sure that happens.
  • Consider who you would like to appoint as executor(s). It is best to choose at least two people you trust to ensure that your wishes are carried out.

Remember that if your estate is worth over £325,000, any sum above this amount may be liable to Inheritance Tax (IHT). However, gifts to charity are usually exempt from IHT. Your solicitor can give you more advice about this.

Finding a solicitor

If you don’t have a solicitor, we’re happy to discuss the options in your area with you and help you come to an informed decision.

Before you meet a solicitor, consider:

What is the value of your estate? Once you know the value of your estate, decide how you would like it to be divided up.

Your executors will have the responsibility of administering your estate. Before writing your will you must decide whom you want your executors to be and let them know. Like your will, your chosen executors may need to change from time to time if their circumstances or your relationships change.

Suggested wording

this useful document for suggested wording to give your solicitor. 

What are the different types of legacy?

If you decide to leave a gift to Jewish Care, there are different types of legacy you may wish to consider:

Residuary bequest

The remainder of your estate after all your other wishes have been carried out and all expenses relating to your estate have been met. Generally, this kind of gift is of the greatest benefit to Jewish Care as its value increases in line with the value of your estate.

Reversionary bequest

Where you give a friend or family member a life interest in your estate and after their death the remainder of your estate is made over to a charity or other beneficiary. This allows you to take care of those close to you for the remainder of their lifetime. 

Pecuniary bequest

A fixed sum of money.The value of pecuniary legacies will decrease over time as a result of inflation.

In memory

To make a memorial (In memory) donation call 020 8922 2817 or read more in our How to give section of the website.

Our commitment to you

The Jewish Care Legacy Charter

Making a Will is the only way to ensure your family and friends and any charities you care about, are provided for in the way you wish. By leaving a Gift to Jewish Care you are helping ensure we can continue to provide care and support for future generations of the Jewish community.

Our commitment to you

- We understand that your family and friends will always come first and respect your decisions.
- We are committed not to pressure and you can change your mind whenever you wish.
- You can tell us if you want to but do not need to and we won’t keep asking.
- We completely respect your privacy and will never ask you how much you intend to leave.
- We are committed to using your gift wisely and effectively to provide the best care and support in the community.
- We would be delighted to give you the opportunity to be connected with the work we do through your gift should you wish and view our services and the work we do.
- If you want your gift to be spent in an area that is special to you we will arrange it.