Legacy Donations

Goodwill of the public

Leaving a gift in your will, no matter how big or small, could help Les Amis give vulnerable Islanders the support they need, long into the future.

Les Amis, like all charities, ultimately rely on the goodwill of the public to keep going. That's why we rely upon legacies from people who make the important and generous decision to make a bequest to charity in their will. Here are some common questions answered

How do I leave money to a charity in my will?

It's very straightforward – firstly, you need to identify how much you want to leave Les Amis. Your lawyers will do the necessary drafting for you. Jersey law is very different to UK law; our laws are old and complex, and any mistakes can have repercussions for those whom you would have wanted to benefit from your will. While in the UK you could get a DIY kit off the shelf to put together your own will; in Jersey, you should always consult a lawyer to make sure that everything is properly covered

Is it taxable are there any tax benefits from leaving money to a charity?

Jersey doesn't have inheritance tax, so there are no tax implications

What if I already have a will do I have to draw up a new will, or can I amend the existing one?

You can speak to a lawyer to add an amendment – called a codicil – to your existing will. If it's a simple change this may be the best way of doing things but otherwise it can be simpler, and no more costly, to draft up a fresh and updated will

Can I say what I want my legacy to be used for?

Yes, within reason, as it must fit within Les Amis’ purposes and aims. If it is particularly important that your legacy is used in a specific way, you need to be very clear in the language that you use to express your wishes. Lawyers who deal with wills and probate matters will be able to advise you on this

I don't have a will is it necessary to have one? Is it difficult or expensive to arrange?

Les Amis cannot benefit from your estate unless you make provision in your will, and in any event, it is always a good idea to have a will. If you die without leaving will, then your assets will be divided in accordance with what the law decides, and that might not be what you want.

Our thanks to Advocate Julie Melia, a Partner at Ogier and the Head of the firm's Probate team, for explaining the above. If you have specific queries about legacies or wills, please contact Julie’s team at emily.holland@ogier.com or by phone on 514106.

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We’d love to hear from you if you want to find out more. We’re based at Five Oaks, close to the JEP, so feel free to pop in during working hours. Or give us a call on 850600 or email info@lesamis.je. Alternatively, you can message us through Facebook or Twitter.

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