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Gifts in Wills FAQ

Thank you so much for considering a gift in your Will to the National Trust for Scotland. Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t listed below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Is there someone I can talk to about leaving a gift in my Will to the National Trust for Scotland?

Our Legacy Fundraising Executive, Hannah Ennis, would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact Hannah on hennis@nts.org.uk or 0131 458 0342.

How do I include a gift in my Will to the Trust?

It’s easy to include a gift in your Will to the Trust. The most important information to include is our charity name, address and registered charity number. This makes it clear that you intend your gift to be received by us to fund our future work.

Name: The National Trust for Scotland

Address: Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF

Charity number: SC007410

How much will make a difference?

Every gift, no matter the size, helps us to protect the places in our care for generations to come. There’s a common misconception that you need to be very wealthy to include a gift in your Will – but this simply isn’t the case. Even including a small percentage, after you’ve taken care of your loved ones, will make a big difference to our work.

What if I don’t have a Will?

Writing your Will and keeping it up to date is the best way to ensure that your wishes will be carried out properly after you die. We always recommend that you speak to a qualified solicitor or legal advisor when preparing your Will. You can find a registered professional through one of the organisations listed below:

Remember a Charity website

Law Society Scotland website or call 0131 226 7411

Law Society England and Wales website or call 020 7320 5650

Law Society Northern Ireland website or call 02890 231614

I have a Will already; what should I do?

Updating or making minor alterations to your Will is easy to do. We recommend contacting your solicitor and letting them know of the changes you’d like to make. They may suggest adding a Codicil or rewriting your Will, both of which are straightforward.

What should I do if I have already included the National Trust for Scotland in my Will?

Firstly, thank you so much for choosing to support our work with your future gift. Please consider letting us know about your future gift, so we can acknowledge your support and invite you to learn more about our work with our exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and talks. You can let us know by contacting Hannah Ennis on hennis@nts.org.uk or 0131 458 0342.

Are there different types of gifts I can include?

There are a few different types of gifts in Wills that you can leave to the Trust.

Residuary gift: This is when you leave a portion of your estate, after all fees, taxes, debts and other gifts have been paid. Many people leave residuary gifts to ensure that loved ones are taken care of first. You don’t need to worry if your financial situation changes later in life, as these gifts maintain their value over time.

Pecuniary gift: This is when you leave a fixed sum of money.

Specific gift: This is when you leave a specific item, for example a property or a piece of art.

Are there any tax benefits to leaving a gift in my Will?

All gifts in Wills are exempt from inheritance tax. You may wish to discuss other ways of minimising the tax burden on your estate with your solicitor. Please note that Gift Aid does not apply to gifts in Wills.

Can I choose what my gift is spent on?

Most gifts to the Trust are unrestricted and allow us to use the funds where the conservation need is greatest. However, we understand that you may wish for your gift to go towards a place that holds special memories for you, or to an area of our work that you are particularly passionate about. So we can ensure that your gift will be spent on protecting the places in our care, we ask that you detail how you would like your gift to be spent as a ‘wish’. It’s our promise to you that we will follow your wishes whenever feasible.

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 ask for donations to be 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 carried out. We advise discussing this with your solicitor whilst making your Will.

I am an executor. Where should I send a payment?

Thank you very much for your help. Please send all correspondence to the National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF. Cheques should be made payable to the National Trust for Scotland. If you require more information, please contact Hannah Ennis on hennis@nts.org.uk or 0131 458 0342.