Consider giving a gift in your will

A gift in your will could help WEN continue to connect, campaign and champion on behalf of all women to deliver transformational change in Wales – for us and future generations to enjoy and benefit from.

A gift in a will, also known as a legacy, is an amount of money, percentage of an estate, or a specific item left in someone’s will. A gift in a will is a special way for people to ensure the things they care about are here for future generations to experience and enjoy.

Why should I make a will?

Everyone should consider making a will, here are five good reasons to make a will:

  • Make sure your wishes are met

A up to date will can give you peace of mind that the people and causes that matter to you most will be looked after in the way you want them to be.

  • Make it easier for friends and family

By giving them the reassurance that they are acting on your wishes, helping them to take care of your estate.

  • Give your assets to the people and causes you care about

Without a will, what happens to your estate will be decided by strict rules of law that you have no control over.

  • Protect your partner if you are unmarried

Unmarried partners aren’t entitled to anything from your estate unless specifically stated in your will, no matter how long you have been together.

  • Minimise inheritance tax

A will can also be used for tax planning and gifts to charities are exempt from inheritance tax, so a gift in your will may reduce your tax liability.


We always recommend using a solicitor or legal professional if you are thinking about writing or amending your will. For more information about writing your will, including details of solicitors in your local area, you can visit:

The Law Society

Remember A Charity

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What types of gift can you leave?

    A share of your estate: A small percentage after you have looked after the people you care about can make a huge difference to your favourite charities. This is known as a ‘residuary gift.’

    A fixed sum of money: This is when you leave an exact sum to us. It’s known as a ‘pecuniary gift.’

    Do I really need a will?
    Making a will is great for your peace of mind. It’s the only way to make sure exactly what happens to your property, money, and personal possessions. It’s also good for those you care about.

    I don’t have a lot, is it worth leaving a gift in my will?
    You don’t need to be wealthy to leave a gift in your will. Each and every gift makes a difference. No matter what size or amount, your gift can transform women’s lives.

    I have decided to leave a gift in my will to WEN. What do I need to tell my solicitor?

    Your solicitor will need our registered address and charity details:

    International House, 10 Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2DX

    Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales registered in England and Wales. Charity number: 1145706 Company number: 07891533

    If my circumstances change, can I change my mind?
    Absolutely. Your will is a personal document reflecting your final wishes. You can change your mind at any time.

  • Legal terms explained: understanding the jargon

    Will: Legally binding document that sets out who should inherit your estate in the event of your death.

    Beneficiary: Person or charity that benefits under the terms of the will.

    Bequest/Legacy: A gift in a will.

    Pecuniary bequest or gift: A gift of a fixed sum of money. The disadvantage of such a gift is that because of inflation the value of the gift may reduce over time.

    Residuary bequest or gift: A gift of all or a percentage or share of your estate after allowing for expenses, pecuniary and specific gifts. The advantage of such a gift is that it maintains its real value regardless of inflation.

    Specific bequest or gift: A gift of a named article or item.

    Codicil: A document making a simple change to your will. It must be drawn up legally and witnessed.

    Testator: A person who has made a will.

    Witness: Two witnesses must see you sign your will and you must watch both of them sign it, and they must also watch each other sign it.

    Executor: Person(s) appointed in a will to administer the estate.

    Intestate: A person who dies without having a will.

    A share of your estate: A small percentage after you have looked after the people you care about can make a huge difference to your favourite charities. This is known as a ‘residuary gift.’

    Probate: Official process to prove the validity of the will and allowing the Executors to administer the estate.

    Inheritance Tax: Tax payable on the value of assets on death above an Inland Revenue set threshold. Gifts to charity are tax free and are taken off the net value of the estate before the inheritance tax liability is calculated.