Below you will find answers to the questions we are asked most often.
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  Can I talk to someone about making a gift in my Will to the NTS?  

We are always happy to do our best to answer any questions you may have about gifts in Wills in particular, or the NTS in general. If you would like to talk to us you can call 0131 458 0429 to speak with our legacy Manager Frances Griffiths, or our Legacy Officer, Michael Bauld.

Alternatively you can email or write to us at:

National Trust for Scotland,
5 Cultins Road,
Edinburgh, EH11 4DF

If you prefer us to reply by telephone, please remember to include a daytime telephone number where we can contact you.

  Do I have enough to leave a gift from my estate?

Many people believe they must be wealthy to leave a gift to charity in their Will, but this is certainly not the case. Any amount left to us helps to ensure the treasures in our care continue to thrive in the future.

  What do I do if I don’t have a Will?

Writing a Will is very important, as it is the only way to ensure your wishes are fulfilled, and guarantees your loved ones and the causes you believe in receive the gifts you intend for them - that’s why we recommend you ask a solicitor to help you write or update your Will. You can use the Remember a Charity website to search for a solicitor near you.

  I have a Will already, what should I do?

It is easy to make minor alterations to your Will. If you simply wish to make a gift to the NTS, your solicitor may recommend a Codicil to your existing Will. Do remember, to be valid a Codicil needs to be witnessed in the same way as a Will. 

  What should I do if I have already included the NTS in my Will?

Please do consider getting in touch to tell us your intentions. This places you under no obligation but allows us to say thank you properly and include you in special events and behind-the-scenes tours of our properties.

You can use our special form here to easily let us know. Alternatively you can contact us at,uk or call 0131 458 0429.

  What are the different types of gift?

A residuary legacy is the gift of a share, or all, of the remainder of your estate once loved ones have been taken care of, and has the benefit that it will not lose value over time.

A pecuniary legacy is the gift of a fixed sum of money. The value of pecuniary legacies will decrease over time, as the cost of living rises. However, you may link your legacy to the Retail Price Index to ensure its worth in the future will be equivalent to its worth today.

A reversionary legacy, or life-rent, is a gift to the National Trust for Scotland after you have provided for your family first during their lifetime, and is paid to us only after the death of other named persons, for example a spouse or civil partner.

A conditional legacy is a gift which is made to the National Trust for Scotland when other beneficiaries to your estate predecease you, or your gift to them fails for some other reason.

  Should I give a copy of my will to anyone for safekeeping?   

It’s important to keep your original Will in a safe place, such as your solicitor’s office or bank. We suggest you keep a copy yourself, and let your Executor(s) know where they can find the original.


I would like donations to the National Trust for Scotland at my funeral in lieu of flowers, how can I make sure this happens?


Many people prefer to see donations made to the National Trust for Scotland in lieu of flowers. If this is stated in your Will, your Executors can make sure your wishes are known. 

Suggested wording: "I request that instead of flowers at my funeral, donations are made to The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4DF, a charity registered in Scotland no SC0007410."

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