How to leave a better world for animals

Thank you for thinking about including World Animal Protection in your Will.

Gifts in Wills are incredibly important. They make up more than a quarter of our global annual income - helping to make life better for millions of animals.

A puppy held by a World Animal Protection worker in Sierra Leone

General guidance and wording

If you have decided to include a gift to World Animal Protection in your Will, we are so grateful. Thank you!

When writing or amending your Will, we strongly recommend that you always seek advice from an independent financial advisor or solicitor. The information we provide here should not be regarded as legal advice.

  • A residuary gift is a way of passing on what's left of your estate after all other commitments are met.
  • A pecuniary gift is a stated sum of money.
  • A revisionary gift allows you to leave assets for the care of a loved one for as long as they live, after which time your gift will go to your chosen beneficiary.
  • A specific gift is the transfer of a particular item.

It's important that World Animal Protection is correctly identified in your Will, and that your gift is described in sufficient detail.

We recommend that you take the suggested wording to your advisor, for their reference:

I give to World Animal Protection, 222 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB, registered charity number 1081849, ____ (insert percentage or amount of gift in figures and words) and I express the wish that such gift be used for the general purposes of World Animal Protection. The receipt of a duly authorised Officer of World Animal Protection shall be a good discharge to my executors for the gift.

Practical ways to make or amend your Will today

Farewill provide simple, step-by-step instructions to guide you through the Will-writing process, with live chat and telephone support from 9am-7pm, every day.

Once you have completed your Will online, Farewill's trained legal team will check it over and return it to you to sign.

Farewill may request your card details to verify your identity.

McClure Solicitors are an in-branch service for both simple and complex Wills. They have 14 branches across the UK and may also be able to do home visits upon request. They can provide Wills for more complex estates (for example if you own assets overseas) as well as simple estates. Please call 0800 852 1999 to arrange your Will-writing appointment with them.

Between four to six weeks after your appointment, McClure will send you a drafted Will for your signature and approval. Please note that McClure Solicitors does not operate in Northern Ireland.

Appointing a solicitor

You can find local solicitors who specialise in Wills, probate and tax law by contacting your local Law Society.

Information for Solicitors and Executors

We're extremely grateful for the gifts that people leave us in their Wills - in fact, one out of every four animals that we help is due to these thoughtful gifts.

If you're ready to begin carrying out the wishes of someone who's remembered World Animal Protection in their Will, we have put together some help sheets which we hope you'll find useful.

Executor's information for gifts of a specific amount or item (pecuniary/specific gifts)

Executor's information for gifts of a share of the estate (residuary gifts)

If you're acting on behalf of someone who has passed away and has left a gift in their Will - please get in touch with a member of our Legacy Administration Team. You can call us on 0800 107 8172 or email giftsinwills@worldanimalprotection.org.uk.

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How to leave a better world for animals

If you're planning on making a Will, or changing one, to leave a gift in your Will to World Animal Protection, we are incredibly grateful. Below are some links to information to help you, but we'll always recommend that you seek advice from a solicitor.