Making a gift in your Will  

Gifts in Wills provide almost one third of philanthropic income to the University each year, playing a vital part in changing lives far into the future.

By remembering the University in your Will, you can give a gift which costs nothing to make now but will advance our world-changing research, learning and teaching for the benefit of generations to come.

Information about making a Will during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown

Making or updating your Will is one of the most important things you can do, making it easier for your family or friends to sort out your affairs and ensuring your estate will be shared according to your wishes.

Completing your Will now via your solicitor is still possible during lockdown. New guidance means you don’t need to go to a solicitor’s office - a telephone call or email will start the process.  The requirement of having your Will signed by one (Scotland) or two (England and Wales) witnesses who are not family members or beneficiaries under the Will, is challenging during the current social distancing measures and when many of us are self-isolating alone or with family, but arrangements can be made.

Your solicitor will be able to advise in detail, but the Law Society of Scotland has introduced new temporary guidance to ensure Will making (and the certification of powers of attorney) can still take place with the lawyer acting as the witness via video conference.

In England and Wales no such temporary measures have been put in place but the matter is being looked at by the Law Society and Ministry of Justice.  In the meantime, your solicitor will be able to advise about the use of a ‘letter of wishes’ or witnessing within social distancing guidelines e.g. through a window.

Do contact us if we can help in any way and stay safe and well.