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Legacies: Your Questions Answered

Do I need to disclose any Gifts to you in advance?

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.

If I do leave a Gift to you, how will the money be spent?

All legacies that come to us are spent by our Branch, meaning that you will directly be supporting animals in our branch area (see our area map). Your gift could help us with our every day running costs, which are currently £7,000 per week, veterinary care, projects such as refurbishments to the animal accommodation or any number of other things.  If you would like to make your bequest for a specific reason, then this is also possible buy asking your legal representative to make this clear in your Will.

What type of Gifts can I leave? Are there different options?

Yes, there are several ways that you can allow us to benefit from your Will. These are described and explained on this page.

I want to leave a Gift to you. What's the next step?

Firstly - thank you! Always speak to a legal advisor, and see our advice regarding how to word your Will.

How can I change my existing Will? Is it difficult?

It is common for people to change or alter their Wills. We always advise that you seek professional legal advice.

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.

Can I change my mind in the future?

Of course, what you wish to leave, and to whom, is completely up to you! If you do change your mind and no longer wish to leave a gift, you will need to change your Will with help of a legal adviser. 

I have a pet that I'm concerned about leaving behind. Can the RSPCA care for them for me?

The RSPCA does offer a 'Home for Life' service. If you sign up for this service then, in the absence of anybody to care for your pet once you're gone, the RSPCA will care for and rehome them. To read more about this service, please click here