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Your Will - your questions answered

If you would like to discuss any of these matters further, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Isn't this is a private matter to me?

You are under no obligation to let us know if you have left a gift to the RSPCA in your Will or indeed what you have left. But if you would like to tell us, it gives us an opportunity to thank you.

Be assured that how we communicate with you on this matter is completely up to you. If you wish to, you can let us know via our pledge notification form.

What's next?

Whether you are making a new Will or updating an existing one, we recommend you speak to a specialist legal advisor. They have the legal expertise to clearly express and carry out your wishes.

I already have a Will. Is it difficult to change it?

Many people decide to change or alter their Wills.

If the changes are simple and straightforward this can be done by way of a Codicil – a legally binding document, supplementary to a Will, which is executed with the same formalities as a Will, and adds to, varies or revokes provisions in the Will.

If the changes are major it is likely you will need a new Will. As the addition of a Codicil will affect the contents of your Will we always recommend that you seek professional legal advice.

What if I change my mind?

You are of course always free to change your mind about your gift. You can amend your Will, or add a codicil, at any time.

Further information

You may also wish to read our glossary of Legal terms explained (PDF 336KB), or perhaps look at Wording for your Will (PDF 1.65MB).

We know it can be easy to put off, but writing your Will is essential to ensure your loved ones and the causes you care about are taken care of exactly how you wish.

If you have any further questions, you can make an enquiry online or call us on 0300 123 0239.

You can also write into ask for further information about Gifts in Wills at:

Legacy Team
Wilberforce Way
West Sussex
RH13 9RS