On this page we are not offering
legal advice, just some guidance on how you can make a donation or
gift to Border Collie Rescue in your will and how much such bequests
mean to the charity.
It is important that you seek professional advice on such matters though a solicitor or a member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers and that you always consider the needs of your family first and recognise those who have been your closest friends.
A legacy or bequest is a donation from someone who has been kind enough to
leave us a gift in
their will. Gifts left in wills can be as much or as little as the donor wishes and need not be money.
A good proportion of the donations received
by Border Collie Rescue havecome from legacy's.The fact is
that we would not be able to continue our work without these gifts of financial support. We would not be here.
If you are considering leaving a gift in your will to Border Collie Rescue, we have outlined some of the options below.
If you want to leave Border Collie Rescue
some sort of legacy you can do so in three ways.
You can gift a specified sum of money.
This is a pecuniary gift.
You can gift all or part of what is left of your estate once you have left what you want to your family and friends.
This is a residual gift.
You can gift items that the charity can use or sell to raise funds - for example a car, jewelry, artwork, land or property. This is a specified gift.
Sometimes we have been left a specified amount or item in a will and sometimes, once family and friends have been left specific sums, many people have chosen to leave us what is left of their estate - the residue.
On some occasions we have shared the residue of an estate with other charities, usually in equal amounts although there is no reason why someone could not leave 50% of the residue to one charity and 25% each to two others or any combination they wish.
A Legacy left to us is free of inheritance tax because we are a registered charity but is not eligible for Gift Aid.
If you have not made a will and wish to include a gift to Border Collie Rescue please ensure you have looked after your friends and family first.
If you have already made a will and have now decided to change it in order to include Border Collie Rescue as a beneficiary you may not need to write a new will.
It may be possible to add a codicil to your existing will in order to make the change.
In any instance you should take the advice of a qualified professional such as a Solicitor.
You need to be aware that if you enter into marriage or a civil partnership after making a will, the will will become invalid unless it referred to and considered such a change when it was written. In most cases a new will would be required.
The basic information you will need to provide to whoever draws up your will, or any codicil, is the means of precisely identifying Border Collie Rescue as a beneficiary. It should include our registered name and charity number -
Border Collie Rescue. Registered Charity 1128983. 57, Market Place, Richmond, North Yorkshire. DL10 4JQ.
If we change our registered office address your executor will be able to get our new contact address and other details from the Charity Commission using our name and charity number.
Any legacy we receive, unless
otherwise stated, will go into our Central Fund which covers any
bills incurred by the charity in respect of our work rescuing
and rehoming dogs and the purchase and fitting out of properties to
run as a centres.
However you could state that your gift is to be used in a specific way.
A conditional gift must be used in the way that the donor requests.
For example you could make a condition that your legacy be placed in our Welfare Fund which is a restricted fund and only pays bills directly associated with the care of dogs and not things like general administration or running costs.
This bears careful thought because our Central Fund pays any bills, including all those associated with the care of dogs so if our Welfare Fund is short Central Fund can pay its bills.
It does not work the other way round. If our Welfare Fund is buoyant but our Central fund runs dry we cannot pay any general running costs so we would find it difficult to continue.
You could make it a condition that your gift is set aside specifically for the purchase, equipping and running of properties as centres for rescue, rehabilitation, assessment, retraining, accommodating and rehoming dogs in our care.
Legacies are important to us, small or large, but if you don't feel you could leave us a legacy you could instruct your executors to take donations for us in lieu of flowers at your funeral or pick your choice from the left hand menu.
If you want to talk to us about legacies, please call us on 0845 6044941 between 2pm and 5pm Tuesdays to Thursdays.
We used to rent a
property near York and ran a very successful centre for many years.
We were able to take in difficult dogs. Traumatised dogs. Reactive dogs.
The sort that we could not place in a foster home.
We were able to assess dogs for a variety of future homes centrally and conveniently and we were able to offer day release and residential opportunities to students wanting to understand more about the breed to help them in their future careers as vets, veterinary nurses and in various agricultural capacities as well as run seminars and courses for anyone wanting to get a better understanding of Border Collies.
The centre was very successful but we had to close it down because we had no control over its maintenance and upkeep. That was our landlords responsibility. One he did not take very seriously.
We vowed never to be put in that position again and that any future centres would be owned by the charity so any work we did to develop them would benefit the charity and our dogs in the long term. We are saving but property is expensive, especially with land and outbuildings attached.
We don't want kennels but we do need to set up a variety of different sorts of accommodation for the variety of dogs we take in.