We appreciate that carrying out a loved one’s wishes can be a daunting task, and we’re very grateful to anyone who takes on this responsibility.
Whether you’re an experienced professional or a friend or family member doing this for the first time, we hope you’ll find our Advice for Executors factsheet useful.
In it you’ll find an overview of the information we’re required to ask for, depending on the type of gift we’ve been left, and our contact details in case you’d like to get in touch.
What to do if we have been left a gift
We know from personal experience that being an executor isn’t easy but please rest assured that your hard work, patience and help are greatly appreciated.
Our Legacy Case Manager, Zena, is experienced in estate administration, so we can offer you guidance on the responsibilities of an executor in estates where charities are named as beneficiaries.
We can’t give you legal advice but we explain what you need to know, signpost you to information and help you to avoid some of the more common pitfalls.
We’re always happy to help so please do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. You can call Zena Hitchings on 0300 303 9888 or email email@example.com
MY PARENTS' LEGACY TO OUR ARMED FORCES FAMILY
“Long after the war was over, there were still ghosts that haunted my father.”
“Both my parents served in World War II. My father didn’t talk about his experiences as a Commando but the mental scars remained. Nowadays he’d almost certainly be diagnosed with PTSD.
“When a friend of ours was seriously injured in Afghanistan, my mother realised he’d need support for the rest of his life, so she decided to leave some money to Help for Heroes in her Will. As her Executor, I was proud to carry out her wishes; and finding out more about the charity’s work has prompted me to include them in my own Will.
“If we’re going to ask people to fight for us, we’ve got to be prepared to look after them afterwards. And no-one does that better than Help for Heroes.
“My legacy is a tribute to my parents but it’s also for everyone who needs help in the future.”
Leave a gift in your Will
A gift in your Will has the power to change lives and give wounded veterans the support they need.Read more - Leave a gift in your Will
Be here for our heroes - forever
One in three of all the people we help each year are supported by gifts in Wills. Your legacy can ensure we will be here for our heroes of the future.Read more - Be here for our heroes - forever
How will my legacy help?
A gift in your Will is a wonderful way to provide for the people and causes you love.Read more - How will my legacy help?
Get Help with Writing your Will
Our Free Will-writing Service makes it easier than ever to make or update your Will. Find out more.Read more - Get Help with Writing your Will
Our legacy heroes
We all want to leave our mark on the world. By leaving a gift in your Will you can make sure your values live on, and continue supporting your family, friends and favourite charities.Read more - Our legacy heroes
Read our guide on inheritance tax and gifts to charity and discover how leaving a legacy can help decrease the tax you pay.Read more - Inheritance Tax