It’s important, based on biblical principles, to look after your family first. Whatever gift you can then give to MAF will be deeply appreciated and wisely used – allowing us to respond when people need pastors, medical care or emergency support. Please feel free to give in whichever way you choose.

 

1)  Remember that everyone should have one

If you knew you had a month to live, you’d have time to arrange to give your possessions and money to those you love. But if you died suddenly, none of this would happen – unless you have a Will.

 

2)  Ensure your Will is valid

Writing your own Will, even using a kit, won’t absolutely ensure that your intentions are clear and legally binding. It is always best to consult a solicitor.

 

3)  Consider how much to give

Should you wish to leave a gift to charity, be sure to cover your family’s needs first. After that, any gift to MAF will help us share God’s love with those in isolated places. A share of your estate (residuary gift) will keep its value despite inflation while a specific amount (pecuniary gift) could decrease in real value. However, we are grateful for any gift.

 

4)  Clearly state your intentions about the gift you wish to make

Ensure there is no question about your wishes. You might like to use the following wording:

 

For a residuary legacy: ‘I give all (or %) of the residue of my estate to MAF [legal name, registered address and charity number] absolutely for its general purposes, and I direct that the receipt(s) of the Director of Finance or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.’

 

For a pecuniary legacy of a stated amount: ‘I give to MAF [legal name, registered address and charity number] the sum of £ (figures/words) pounds absolutely for its general purposes, and I direct that the receipt(s) of the Director of Finance or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.’

 

5)  Protect your Will, review it often and revise when necessary

Your solicitor will keep a copy, so there’s no question where to find it. You may want to review it often to remind yourself of your plans, or when you get married, have children, grandchildren, or when a family member dies. Revising your Will can be easy, as a Codicil like the one provided in this folder can be stored with the original.

 

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