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Making or amending a Will, step-by-step

Leaving us a gift in your Will simply means you can be there for animals who need us – even after you’re gone.

This simple guide, which is also available in our Guide to remembering us in your Will (PDF 964KB), shows you the practical steps you need to take to make it happen.

Step 1 - use our Will planner

Use our Will planner (PDF 108KB), to add up the estimated value of your estate (that’s everything you’ve saved and own) and make a list of people and organisations you’d like to leave money, property or possessions to.

Step 2 - appoint Executors

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Appoint one or more Executors (up to four) to carry out the terms of the Will. This can be a relative, friend or legal adviser. It can even be us, in certain circumstances. Please phone us on 0300 1230 239 if you would like to discuss appointing us as your Executor.

Step 3 - draw up or update your Will

Visit a legal adviser to draw up or update your Will. If you don’t have one, you can find one through the Law Society or STEP websites. If you’re including a gift to us, please use our suggested wording (PDF 52KB).

Step 4 - safely store your Will

Make sure your Will is stored in a safe place and that someone you trust knows where it is. It’s also important to make a copy of your Will for your own records. Your legal adviser will often store your original Will free of charge, or you can use your local Probate Registry.

Step 5 - complete our pledge form

If you do decide to remember us in your Will, thank you. Gifts in Wills make up over half of the funds we rely on for our work with animals. This means it’s incredibly valuable for us to know your intentions, so if you are happy to share, please use our online pledge form or download a pledge form (PDF 52KB) to let us know.

Download our Guide to remembering us in your Will (PDF 964KB).

It's so easy to do

Once I’d decided to make my Will and leave a gift to the RSPCA I just called my solicitor to get things started. Don’t be put off by the thought of making or amending your Will. When you contact your solicitor, just let them know who you’d like to leave a gift to. You can decide to leave a percentage of your assets or a lump sum – it’s up to you.

Carrie Giles, London

Your questions answered

Making or amending a Will doesn’t have to be a difficult process, but you’re bound to have some questions. So we’ve put together a list of the ones we’re asked most often. And of course, you can always get in touch if you need any further information or support – just use the contact details below.

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Getting in touch

If you have any questions about remembering us in your Will, we’re here to help. Just get in touch using the following contact details:

Email: giftsinwills@rspca.org.uk
Phone: 0300 123 0239
Post: RSPCA, Legacy Team, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9RS