Leaving a gift in your Will
As a charity dependent on public support, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) relies on future gifts in Wills to help to continue its work.
Once you have accounted for your family and friends; including a gift to ZSL in your Will can make a lasting contribution to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats well into the future.
Gifts in Wills
A legacy gift left to ZSL as a whole, usually “for general purposes”, is the most useful because ZSL can then use it where the need is greatest at the time of receiving the gift, which could be 20 or 30 years after the Will was made.
However, at ZSL you can leave a legacy gift to an area of our work such as ZSL London Zoo, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, ZSL Veterinary Services Department, ZSL Conservation Programmes, The Institute of Zoology or ZSL Library.
We would advise against being too specific in order to guard against future problems. For example, if a legacy gift is left expressly for a specific project that the charity has already carried out, the charity may not be able to receive your gift.
If you did want to leave a legacy gift to a particular area of ZSL, it’s useful to include the words “but without imposing a binding obligation” in your Will.
Find out how gifts in Wills have been used by ZSL:
November is Make a Will Month
The Will Aid scheme, running each November, is a great opportunity to make your Will and save on solicitors fees. Instead of paying solicitor charges you can include a gift in your Will to your favourite charity, such as ZSL.
Your pledge to ZSL
We would love to hear from you if you do decide to leave a gift in your Will to ZSL so that we can say thank you and so that we can tell you more about the area of our work that you are particularly interested in.
We can inform you of any upcoming events that may be of interest to you or even set up a meeting with an expert in that field of work if you would like.
You will find a 'Your pledge' form in both the ZSL legacy leaflet and the ZSL legacy information booklet (see below) or you can complete the Your pledge to ZSL form online. With this form you can tell us more about your gift and which area of ZSL’s work that you would like your gift to support.
There is no obligation to share this information with us, but if you would like to we can assure you it will be held in the strictest confidence and it is not a binding commitment.
For more information about how you can remember ZSL in your Will please download our legacy leaflet:
Find out more
If you would like a copy of our legacy leaflet or legacy information booklet please contact the Development Department on 020 7449 6443 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Legacy Officer, Development Department, Zoological Society of London, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY
Financial benefits of leaving a gift in your Will
A legacy to charity is generally exempt from inheritance tax, so a gift in your Will to the Zoological Society of London could reduce the level of tax payable on your estate when you die.
Finding a solicitor
If you haven’t written your Will yet or if you would like to update your Will it’s important to seek proper professional advice from a Wills & Probate solicitor.
The Law Society has a searchable on-line database to help you find a solicitor in your area. Simply click on the following link www.solicitors-online.com ; enter your postcode or town name and under ‘Area of law’ choose ‘Wills and probate’. The database will return a list of 50 Wills and Probate solicitors nearest to you.
Information to include in your Will
If you do decide to leave a gift to ZSL in your Will, you should include the following details: The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY; registered charity number 208728.
Guidance for solicitors
If your client would like to include a gift in their Will to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) please use the following wording:
Thank you so much
We are very grateful to everyone who is so passionate about our work that they have included gifts in their Wills to ZSL. As a thank you for supporting us in this wonderful way, we include a dedication in our Book of Remembrance at either ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Gifts in Wills are vitally important to help us to continue our work for the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. We simply can't thank you enough.
Keep your love of animals alive: remember ZSL in your Will