Legacies and Wills

Remembering Betel in your will

The generous donations made to Betel not only allow us to keep up the support we give to all those currently in our programme, they give us the opportunity to reach out to more men, women and families whose lives have been damaged by long term addiction. Including a gift in your will to Betel of Britain will help us to extend our work offering freedom and hope to many more people as we seek to open new houses and centres around the UK and meet our mission of restoring broken lives.

Making a will, whilst providing for your family and friends, also enables you to make sure your money and possessions are given away as you wanted them to be. Making a small change to a will can be made by making a codicil. More significant changes require a new will to be drawn up.

We would strongly suggest you use a solicitor to make or amend your will.  If you would like to leave a gift for Betel in this way, there are some points below to consider.  If you need to discuss leaving a donation in your will or require any further information please call us on 01564 822356 or email at [email protected]

What types of gifts in wills are there?

There are three main types of gifts in wills (legacies): residuary, pecuniary, and specific.

A residuary legacy is when a person leaves a percentage of their estate after all the other legacies have been made and debts cleared. One of the advantages of a residuary legacy is that it has the benefit of being inflation-proof and means you’re less likely to need to update your will in the future.

A pecuniary legacy is a gift of a specified sum of money.

A specific legacy is a gift of a particular item such as books, paintings, antiques, or jewellery.

There are other types of legacies which you can discuss with your solicitor. In addition, should you wish a gift to go to a specific centre this will need to be specified otherwise it will be allocated to the general purposes of the charity.

Please note that if you marry, remarry or enter into a civil partnership your will becomes invalid unless you were intending to marry or register a civil partnership when the will was made and the will specifically refers to this. You should make a new will in these circumstances. 

Divorce does not automatically invalidate a will but it is usually necessary to change your will after divorce.

Please click below to download a document with specific details regarding Betel and draft wording ready to insert in to your will. (Word document  33Kb)