Leave a Gift in your Will

A quarter of the money we need to raise to continue our vital work is made possible thanks to the generosity of people who remember us in their Wills.

Every year, we need to raise £15 million so that we can continue to support those who need us most. Your gift, whether small or large, will help us ensure we can deliver high quality care to vulnerable members of our community and their families now and for years to come. 

Please click to download your free Guide to Wills and Legacies.


Your legacy will make a real difference.

By remembering us in your Will, you could help us:

  • Make sure our residents and members can continue to celebrate the festivals they love
  • Pay for a varied activity programme in our community centres for members to enjoy
  • Ensure we can continue to run our community centres and outreach work so members of our community don’t need to feel alone during the week
  • Support all those who need our dementia services including dementia day centres, family carers support and memory way cafes.

See below for more information on our free Will Writing Service.

Get in touch

Read how legacies have made a real difference to people's lives. If you would like more information about leaving a gift in your Will to Jewish Care or about our free Will Writing Service, please contact Alison Rubenstein on 020 8922 2833 or email legacy@jcare.org.

Jewish Care's Free Will Writing Service

Having a Will or updating an old one is important as it’s the only way to be certain that the people and causes you care about are looked after. With our free Will Writing Service, making your wishes known has never been easier. Our partnership with National Free Wills Network gives you the opportunity to make or update your Will in a way that best suits you.

National Free Wills Network

Through our partnership with the National Free Wills Network, you can create a simple Will for free by visiting the offices of an experienced solicitor. Just give us your contact details to pass on to the National Free Wills Network, who will send you information on how to proceed, including a list of local participating solicitors for you to choose from. 

Alternatively, your local solicitor will be able to help

Please let us know if you’d like us to provide you with names of solicitors to help you write your simple Will. You will have to agree a fee for this service with the solicitor you choose. For more information please contact Alison Rubenstein on 020 8922 2833 or email legacy@jcare.org

You can use this Legacy Wording Template for suggested wording to give to 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.

Giving in memory

Please CLICK HERE to visit our giving in memory page.

Giving in memory is a special and meaningful way for you to honour the memory of a loved one. Every gift in memory enables Jewish Care to continue to touch the lives of 10,000 people every week.

For more information on giving in memory, please email givinginmemory@jcare.org.

Our commitment to you

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.

Deed of Variation

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.