What is the importance of making a will?
Making a Will and ensuring a secure future for family and friends is one of the most valuable decisions that everyone will have to consider within their lifetime.
What happens if there is no Will?
If you pass away without a Will, you don't get a say in who inherits your property, possessions and money. It's possible that the law would distribute these in the way you want but it's best not to take that risk.
How do I leave a gift in my Will?
It's simple. We've put together a guide to making a Will and leaving a gift which we hope will make this clear. Order yours now.
Why are legacy gifts so important to Centrepoint?
Legacy gifts are incredibly generous gestures. They help us think big and be even more ambitious in helping homeless young people. No matter how big or small, a gift in your Will to Centrepoint will help us be where we’re needed most, helping those who need us most. Leaving a legacy to Centrepoint is an opportunity for you to make a significant positive impact on the lives of many homeless young people.
I don’t think my estate adds up to much. Is it still worth making a Will or leaving a legacy?
You might be surprised about your wealth, especially if you own your own home and have life insurance or savings. Making a Will is the only way to ensure that the people you love and the causes closest to your heart benefit from your estate as you want them to. Order a guide to making a Will above.
Can I make a Will myself or do I need to use a professional?
There is no legal requirement to use a solicitor when making a Will. However, disputes that arise over unclear or poorly drafted Wills can be complicated and costly in the future. Using a solicitor who is qualified in estate law allows you peace of mind and should also reduce the risk of disputes arising at a later date. Where possible, it is advisable to discuss your plans and wishes regarding your Will with your family and loved ones.
What’s the best way to remember Centrepoint in my Will?
The best way to benefit a charity is often with a residuary legacy. Giving in this way means your gift won’t decrease in value due to inflation and can therefore make your legacy go further and benefit more people. Your solicitor or Will writer will be able to advise you on the best option for your circumstances and recommended wording to discuss with them is available.
Should I let Centrepoint know my decision?
We appreciate that leaving a gift in your Will is very personal and it’s entirely up to you. We understand the content of your Will is a very private matter. However if you could let us know, whatever your decision, we’d be very grateful. It will allow us to communicate with you in the best way, and to say a very big thank you if you have chosen to remember us. Any information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be shared with third parties and is not legally binding. You can email us here or call the Legacy team on 0207 423 6290.
What information do I need to include when leaving a gift to Centrepoint?
Please include our full name, address and registered charity details:
25 Camperdown Street
Charity Number: 292411
Some wording which will help you specify what kind of gift you want to make is available our Will guide. Order yours here.
How do I access Centrepoint's free Will writing service?
Our partners Bequeathed offer a simple, step by step process that helps you create your own Will online. It includes detailed guidance to help you consider everything you need to think about when making your Will. You can get in touch with Bequeathed to start the Will writing process here.
I currently have a Will with McClure solicitors - what do I do now?
In May 2021 McClure Solictors went into administration and were acquired by Jones Whyte LLP. They have taken the decision to pause and review their Free Will Writing Service with immediate effect. If you were in contact with McClure Solicitors or had written your Will prior to this change in service provider please get in touch with the Centrepoint Legacy team, who can sign post you to Jones Whyte LLP. They will be able to advise you of the impact this service change may cause you.
If you are looking for a free Will-writing service please read more about our online Will-writing partner Bequeathed.