Leaving a gift in your Will is a very special way of caring
It’s difficult to talk about making a Will, because most people don’t like talking about (or even thinking about) the fact that they will die, someday. However, wouldn’t it be good to know that – even after your death – you are still having an important impact on the community where you lived, or with which you were connected? Leaving a gift in your Will towards Galway Hospice does just that.
Why make a Will?
While making a Will can seem like a daunting task to many of us, it is important that we leave our affairs in order. Making a Will ensures that your family and friends are provided for, and that your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes. When making a Will, we suggest that you talk about your plans to your family first, and we advise that you seek the professional help of a solicitor. Naturally your loved ones should come first when making your Will, but if you do wish to leave a gift in your Will to a charity, please remember the Galway Hospice Foundation. It is advisable to leave your Will in a safe place, such as with your solicitor. You should keep a copy for yourself, and inform your executor or executrix where the Will is located.
Why it is important that you have an up-to-date Will
If you do not make a Will, and have no next-of-kin, everything you own goes to the State! Maybe there are people or causes whose future you care about? Would you like to be sure about what will happen to everything you have worked hard for when you are gone? If your answer is yes, it really is important that you have an up-to-date Will. A Will is a simple document. It expresses your wish as to how you want your assets (if any) dealt with after your death. Although it is a simple document, it is a very important document. Ideally, a Will should be prepared by your solicitor, who will advise you on all of the implications of your wishes.
A Will is important, whatever the size of your estate
Your Will is your chance to make choices, to take control of your affairs and decide who you want to benefit from your estate, and how. By taking action now, and in your Will, you could divert the money – that would otherwise be paid in tax – to your family or to a charity instead.
A gift in your Will
Every gift made to Galway Hospice Foundation is greatly appreciated. We want to be there for all who are touched by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, today and for years to come. One important way you can ensure our work continues is to leave a legacy to Galway Hospice Foundation. A legacy is a donation made in your Will, and it could make a real difference to the lives of our patients and their families. As the Galway Hospice Foundation is a registered charity, gifts to the Foundation are tax exempt.
There are a number of ways you can choose to leave a gift to Galway Hospice in your Will:
- A residuary bequest means that you leave all or part of whatever is left over from your estate once all the other gifts – to family and friends – have been distributed.
- A pecuniary bequest is a gift of a fixed sum of money.
- A specific bequest is a gift of a specific item.
- A property bequest is a gift of a particular piece of property which you wish to leave to the Hospice.
What a legacy to Galway Hospice could mean
If you have experienced any of the services provided by Galway Hospice at any time, you will understand that Hospice care is not just about a building – it is about people who care for, understand, support and encourage each other. It is also about offering the re-assurance of skilled medical and nursing care, whilst still recognising everyone as an individual and as a special person.
A gift to Galway Hospice in your Will would be a future gift to local families needing hospice care at a very difficult time in their lives.
It would be a gift to people with advanced cancer or other life-limiting illnesses who will need our expert care to be able to make the most of their remaining time with their loved ones.
It would be a gift to husbands or wives who will need support – physical and emotional – to care for their spouse at home.
It would be a gift to all those children who will need specialist counselling to help them cope with the loss of their mother or father.
Without previous legacies from our friends and supporters, Galway Hospice could never have come this far. In recent years, the demand for our services has continued to increase, while the financial support we receive from the State has continued to reduce. That is why we must continue to turn to the public for their support. Please consider leaving a gift in your Will to enable us to go on providing these much needed services to our community.
Changing your Will
If you have already made a Will, you can change it at any time during your life. You may wish to make amendments, particularly following changes in circumstances such as marriage, divorce, birth or death. To make major changes, it is best to draw up a new Will. In all of these circumstances, your solicitor is the best person to advise you.
So, how do I make a Will?
We recommend that you speak with your solicitor, who will advise you on how to make a Will.
Thank you for considering the inclusion of Galway Hospice as a beneficiary in your Will.
Galway Hospice Foundation
Charity Registration Number: CHY8837
‘It was as much an enriching experience for my mother who was dying, as it was for the rest of the family. I know that to be true, because she actually said it to me two days before she died. She said she wouldn’t have missed the last six weeks for anything, that they were six of the most wonderful weeks of her life. That turns the whole idea of dying and death on its head, which is what Hospice helped us do.’
Family of Hospice patient
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