Your lasting legacy could be a Scotland where animals no longer suffer cruelty at the hands of humans. When the time is right, please consider leaving a legacy gift to OneKind
Leaving a legacy
By supporting OneKind with a gift in your Will, you will help create a Scotland where all animals have a life worth living.
Gifts from wills are a vital source of income for OneKind. They help with our ongoing work to protect Scotland’s animals; through campaigns, research, and education. We need to raise £300,000 each year to continue our investigation and campaigning work and gifts in wills currently contribute half of our income, with the rest coming from our generous supporters and the public.
We hope our practical tips and advice on writing or updating your Will are helpful as well as demonstrating how valuable gifts in Wills have been and continue to be in fighting against animal cruelty.
You can read our full legacy guide here.
OneKind has a long history of making a big impact on the lives of animals. We’ve been protecting Scotland’s animals for over a hundred years. While our remit has expanded over the years, now covering all animals, we are still driven by the same passion to protect animals that motivated our founders. We want to continue standing up for and protecting animals long into the future and we are very grateful that you are considering a gift to OneKind in your Will.
How leaving a legacy creates a better world for animals
In recent times, our campaign to bring in CCTV to Scottish abattoirs resulted in the Scottish Government introducing compulsory video recording in all relevant areas of slaughterhouses in Scotland, we stopped the hedgehog cull on the Uists, ended the indiscriminate killing of seals and following a decade of campaigning, wild animals will no longer be used for entertainment in travelling circuses in Scotland. By changing laws to protect animals we stop cruelty from happening – forever. More recently, thousands of mountain hares will no longer be shot thanks to the amendment in the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) Bill (Scotland).
None of these successes would have been possible without generous legacies from our supporters. Leaving a legacy to OneKind, no matter the size, makes a huge difference. Leaving just 1% to OneKind can help protect animals for the future. They will help achieve more successes in the future and allow us to keep fighting to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals for good.
Types of legacy
We understand that writing or updating your Will is a very personal decision and one which will take time. You may also wish to talk about it with your family and loved ones beforehand.
There are three types of legacy:
- Residuary – Many people choose this type of gift as it makes sure family is looked after first. You can leave all or a share of your estate once your expenses and other gifts have been taken care of.
- Pecuniary – This is where you choose to leave a gift of a specified amount of money.
- Specific – This is a chosen gift or item left to OneKind. This could be property, shares or artwork for example.
You might also consider a reversionary legacy – or lifetime gift. This could be appropriate if you need to ensure that relatives or friends are provided for after you die. You can leave your house or income for their benefit during their lifetime. On their death, the property or any remaining income can be passed to OneKind.
Arranging your will is really straightforward but we know it can be daunting when you are unsure of where to start, or might be pressed for time.
Make your will for good – from the comfort of your own home
We have partnered with Bequeathed to make the whole process easy and straightforward. You can even do it from the comfort of your own home. Thousands of people make their free Will For Good through Bequeathed and its accredited legal firms. When you choose Bequeathed to make your will you get as much support as you need to complete the will interview and a free 30 minute appointment with an accredited legal firm. They will advise you and send you your will. For most people, that will be all they need.
To find out more and start your will today, click here.
Your solicitor can also give you more information about legacies.
What your solicitor needs to know
If you decide to leave a gift to OneKind in your will, these are the details your solicitor will need:
Our name – OneKind
Address – 50 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5DL
Scottish Charity Number – SC041299
Adding a legacy to your will
If you have already written your will and want to include OneKind, you can do this by adding a codicil to your existing will.
You should always consult your solicitor when completing a codicil or reviewing your will and please, do not write on or amend your current will, as this could become invalid.
If you’ve already left a gift to OneKind, thank you. We would really appreciate it if you could let us know so we can keep you up to date with what’s happening at OneKind. If you would prefer not to, it’s no problem. You don’t have to tell us, it’s entirely up to you. If you do send us any information it will be treated as confidential and we will not share your information with any third parties.
If you would like to be kept in touch, would like further information on leaving a gift to OneKind in your will or have any questions, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also give me a call on 0131 661 9734.