A GIFT IN YOUR WILL
Including a gift in your Will regardless of the size, will help Blesma provide lifelong support to Limbless and Injured Veterans.
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Since 1932, Blesma has supported serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, the use of limbs or their sight, to rebuild their lives by providing emotional, financial, and practical support.
Your gift will help existing and future injured veterans lead independent and fulfilling lives
If you have already chosen to leave us a gift in your Will, we would love the opportunity to thank you for thinking of us, so please do get in touch. We treat this information in complete confidence.
Free will writing service
Blesma has partnered with two Will writing services, enabling you to write or amend your Will for free:
Guardian Angel: Write your Will online (the process takes 30 minutes). Your Will is then checked by the Guardian Angel team of solicitors before signing. You can start writing your Will by clicking here. Use code BLESMAFREE at the checkout to complete the process free of charge.
The National Free Wills Network: Meet with a qualified solicitor in your local area who will help you write your Will. Request a free guide here.
Registered Charity Numbers: 1084189 (England & Wales), SC010315 (Scotland).
- Why should I leave a gift to Blesma?
You can be sure that any contributions you make will go towards supporting our limbless veterans and their families, for life. Choosing to leave a gift to Blesma will cost you nothing and will not affect you now. Any gifts you choose to leave will be handled sensitively and respectfully.
With your support, as long as there is a service person that has lost a limb, the use of a limb or has lost vision during service or after, we will be there to help them.
- Can I have a say in where my gift is used?
Yes, of course. If there is an area of our work you would particularly like to support, please get in touch with us to discuss your wishes in more detail.
Your wishes are very important to us, so if you would like your loved ones to be involved in deciding how your gift should be used, we are very happy to help.
- Does the size of my gift matter?
Every gift we receive from all our supporters – large or small – is important to us and contributes towards changing the lives of injured veterans and their dependants. Even a small percentage of your estate can make a big difference to us, whilst safeguarding both your intentions and your loved one’s interests.
- What if I change my mind?
You can change your mind about a gift in your Will at any time.
- What will it cost to write a Will?
Our free will writing services enable individuals and couples who support Blesma to have their Will(s) written or amended free of charge.
Start writing your Will online here, and simply use the code BLESMAFREE at the checkout to complete your online Will free of charge.
The National Free Wills Network -
The National Free Wills Network enables individuals and couples who support Blesma to have their Will(s) written or amended free of charge, using qualified solicitors local to them.
The free service applies to the writing of ‘Simple Wills’, in other words Wills that do not deal with complex issues. The offer also includes ‘Mirror Wills’ for couples.
- What types of gifts in Wills are there?
There are three types of gifts you can choose to leave Blesma:
A residuary legacy: This is the sum of money left after specific requests, debts and tax and any funeral costs have been paid.
A pecuniary legacy: This is a specified sum of money.
A specific legacy: This is a gift of a particular item, this can then be used or sold as appropriate by the recipient.
- What information will I need to give my Solicitor?
All gifts in Wills should be left to Blesma and must use our registered charity numbers 1084189 and SC010315 and the correct registered address: British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association, 115 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0QT
Your solicitor will advise on the specific wording you need to use for different types of gifts.
- Can I change my existing Will to leave a gift to Blesma?
If you already have a Will and wish to leave a gift to aid the work we do, please contact us on 020 8548 7085 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. and we will send you a Codicil Form. Just place this form with the original version of your Will. You will not need to prepare a new Will, but it’s worth advising your next of kin of your decision.
If you do not have a Will or would prefer to ament your Will using the expertise of a solicitor, you can arrange this through our Free Will Writing Service.
- What about inheritance tax?
In order to review your personal tax situation, we recommend that you consult your solicitor when making changes to your Will.
The government sets the inheritance tax threshold, so this is subject to change. If your estate is liable to attract inheritance tax, leaving a gift to charity can have the effect of reducing the overall tax burden on family and friends.
- Do I need to let you know if I decide to leave a gift in my Will?
You don’t have to tell us your decision; although we’d love to have the opportunity to say thank you.