Your Will

What type of gift can I leave? 

 

We typically receive two types of gift left to ZSL in Wills. These include a specific, or fixed amount of money which is known as a pecuniary gift and which is paid from your estate first. The second is a percentage or share of your estate, known as a residuary gift. A residue of your estate is the balance of your estate after tax, expenses and all other gifts in your Will have already been paid. It can be up to 100% but any percentage left to ZSL in your Will can make a real difference for wildlife. You can see suggested wording for these types of gifts below, or you can PDF icon ZSL Suggested Will wording (164.8 KB) to take with you when you see your solicitor or professional Will writer. 

We also benefit from other specific gifts, for example, personal posessions, land, buildings or shares. Please note however, that if a specific gift is no longer in your estate at the time of your death, the gift will fail. 

We would recommend you use a qualified solicitor to discuss your Will, and they can advise you on which type of gift is best for you and your personal situation. If you do not have a solicitor already, you can find one by searching the STEP website at www.step.org or by using The Law Society's online database to find one in your area at www.lawsociety.org.uk  Also, you may wish to ensure that your solicitor protects your gift by making sure it would still apply if ZSL were to change its name. 

If you already have a Will that you are happy with but would like to include ZSL, you can write a codicil to add a gift to your existing Will. We recommend asking your solicitor or professional Will write to help you with this.  

 

Suggested wording for a residuary gift (a percentage or share) 

I give to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY (registered charity number 208728) [*all/___% of the residue] of my estate absolutely for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Finance Director or other proper offices at ZSL for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executor(s).

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Suggested wording for a pecuniary gift (a fixed amount) 

I give to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY (registered charity number 208728) the sum of £_____ free of tax for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Finance Director or other proper offices at ZSL for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executor(s). 

 

Suggested wording for a specific item 

I give to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY (registered charity number 208728) my _________ free of tax for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Finance Director or other proper offices at ZSL for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executor(s). 

 

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Contact us

We would love to hear from you and talk through any questions you may have about leaving a gift in your Will. You can contact us on 020 7449 6487 or by email on remember@zsl.org. You can also write to us at ZSL Fundraising, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY.