Leaving a legacy

Best Will Week October 31st – November 6th 2016

Leaving a legacy to Epilepsy Ireland in your will allows you to make a gift, without affecting your finances today.

Why should I make a will?

Making a will is the best way to make sure that your wishes will be followed when you are gone.

It is also a unique chance to provide for an organisation that you care about and leave a lasting contribution. If we have made a difference to you or your family and you are thinking of leaving a legacy to charity, we hope you will consider Epilepsy Ireland.

Where do I start?

Wills can be very simple or very complex, but why not take the first step and make that appointment to discuss the making of a will and whilst doing so, consider leaving a gift to a favourite charity. You will find a list of participating solicitors here

How do I leave a gift?

There are three different types of gifts that are most commonly given to charities through wills. We recommend you discuss each with your solicitor to find out which suits you best.

Pecuniary Legacy

You may decide to leave a specific sum of money to a charity.

Residuary Legacy

If you would like to leave a gift from the remains of your estate after you have taken care of your family, friends and loved ones, you can bequeath the residue or part of the residue of your estate.

Specific Legacy

You can also bequeath a particular item of value, for example jewellery, shares or property.

Will my legacy to Epilepsy Ireland be taxed?

Legacies left to charities are completely tax-free meaning that 100% of any gift you might leave to Epilepsy Ireland in your will, would go directly to our work. It is advised that you seek the advice of a professional regarding taxation and your will.

Every gift to Epilepsy Ireland will make a difference, however large or small, in our ongoing work supporting and representing people with epilepsy, raising epilepsy awareness and funding Irish epilepsy research.

Should I contact Epilepsy Ireland if I decide to leave a legacy?

Making a will is a private matter and it is not strictly necessary that you contact us to let us know you have thought of us when making your will. However, knowing that a legacy has been left to Epilepsy Ireland enables us to plan for the future and most importantly allows us to show our gratitude to donors in their lifetime.

By letting us know your current intentions, you are under no obligation to make a legacy gift. We will of course respect your privacy at all times, and hold any discussions in the strictest confidence.

Further Information

If you are considering leaving a legacy to Epilepsy Ireland and would like to discuss it with us, please contact Michael Carty, Fundraising & Communications Manager at 01 4557500.

Epilepsy Ireland is a member of Mylegacy.ie, a group of charities that have come together to raise awareness about charitable bequests. See www.mylegacy.ie for more information.