Celebrate your life and love for animals by making a lasting commitment to Danaher Animal Home in your will. Legacy contributions play a pivotal role in advancing the growth and enhancement of our home and its facilities.

To explore this meaningful opportunity, we encourage you to have a conversation with your legal advisor, reach out to one of our trusted will-writing partners (listed below), or connect with us directly at 0300 111 4321. We are eager to provide any information and assistance you may require.

For a more comprehensive understanding of the benefits of leaving a legacy and guidance on updating your will, please refer to the links below. Your legacy can make a significant difference in the lives of animals in need, ensuring their well-being for generations to come.

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Should you decide to leave us a gift, please ensure that you state that the bequest be made to RSPCA Danaher Animal Home (Charity No 1112369) to avoid us being confused with the central RSPCA. Thank you for your kind consideration.

Will-Writing Partners

Kwil offer a free online will-writing service that allow you to create your own legally binding will online in as little as 30 minutes, as well as a low-cost telephone will-writing service.

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The Goodwill Partnership offer low-cost, home-visit will-writing services for charities’ donors. They charge a fixed price, however detailed your will, wherever you live, with no hidden costs.

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Why Write a Will?

Drafting a will is a responsibility that often finds itself at the bottom of our to-do lists, shrouded in a veil of procrastination and discomfort. Astonishingly, statistics reveal that a significant portion of the UK's adult population, estimated at around 50-60%, has not taken the crucial step of establishing a valid will. This reluctance to address the matter of our own mortality can stem from a variety of emotions and concerns, such as fear, superstition, or simply the busyness of life. However, the importance of having a will cannot be overstated, and its significance extends far beyond age and circumstances. Here are several compelling reasons why creating a will is not only prudent but a truly wise decision:

1. Clarity for Your Wishes

A will serves as your final voice, clearly outlining how you want your estate to be distributed. It specifies who should inherit your assets, how your property should be divided, and even addresses personal possessions of sentimental value. Without this document, there's often ambiguity, which can lead to disputes among family members. By providing clarity, your will can help prevent rifts and tension within your family during an already emotionally taxing period.

2. Protection for Your Partner

For couples who are not legally married or in a civil partnership, the absence of a will can be particularly problematic. Without one, your partner is not automatically entitled to inherit your assets, which may include your home, savings, and personal belongings. A will ensures that your partner's financial security is protected and that they receive their fair share of your estate.

3. Caring for Your Children

If you have children, a will is an indispensable tool for safeguarding their future. It enables you to nominate a guardian, someone you trust, to take care of your children if you and your partner are no longer able to do so. This ensures that your children's well-being remains in the hands of someone you've chosen, rather than being determined by government agencies or the courts.

4. Recognition of Friends

Friends can be as important as family, and your will allows you to acknowledge this. Without a will, the state may claim your estate if no living relatives can be identified. By including your friends in your will, you ensure that they receive the assets or sentimental items you wish to leave to them, reflecting the true nature of your relationships.

5. Funeral Arrangements

Your will is not just about financial matters; it's also a platform for expressing your wishes regarding your final send-off. You can outline the type of funeral or memorial service you desire, including specific details such as burial or cremation, location, and any preferences for religious or non-religious ceremonies. This relieves your loved ones from the burden of making these decisions during a time of grief.

6. Inheritance Tax Mitigation

A will can be a valuable tool for optimising the distribution of your assets to minimise the burden of inheritance tax on your estate. It can help ensure that your beneficiaries receive a more substantial portion of your assets, rather than seeing a significant portion go toward taxes.