Create a lasting legacy

Give a gift in your Will to help sick and injured pets. Having an up-to-date Will is the only way to ensure your family and friends receive the property and possessions that you want them to have.

Create a lasting legacy

Give a gift in your Will to help sick and injured pets. Including a gift in your will is also a great way to continue your support for charities , like PDSA, long into the future whilst costing you nothing today.

Create a lasting legacy

Give a gift in your Will to help sick and injured pets. A Will is easy to make, easy to update - and it can be cost-free too.

Gifts in Wills

Leaving a legacy

HOW A GIFT IN YOUR WILL CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Your gift saves pet lives for years to come

A gift in your Will can help our life-saving work. Every year at PDSA, our team of over 300 vets and 600 nursing staff treat over 470,000 UK pets in our 51 PDSA Pet Hospitals. Gifts in Wills fund two out of three pets treated by PDSA. 

A gift in your Will ensures PDSA vets are here to treat pets like Ruby.

Your gift helps our veterinary experts prevent the preventable

We have much to do. Beyond treating sick and injured pets, there is a nation of pet owners who need to know how to prevent unnecessary diseases and how to provide the best care and environment for their much loved pets. With your help and PDSA’s veterinary expertise we will educate pet owners to create a better world for our pet companions.

Be part of our future and help stop pets suffering

If you can, please include a gift in your will to PDSA and help pets like Ruby live long into the future. 

To help you get started:



INHERITANCE TAX - HOW TO AVOID IT

How to avoid Inheritance Tax

Look again. Inheritance Tax used to be something only ‘wealthy’ people needed to consider. But soaring house prices before 2008 mean that many homeowners should check as they may be liable.

Inheritance Tax is currently charged at 40%. If your estate is going to be affected by Inheritance Tax, you can reduce the amount that is taxable in two ways:

  1. Any gift you leave to charity will be deducted from your estate before any tax liability is calculated. 
  2. You can reduce Inheritance Tax from 40% to 36% if you leave 10% or more of your net estate to charity. This was changed by the Government from April 2012 to incentivise Gifts in Wills.

Download our booklet about Inheritance Tax. If you are affected, speak with your financial advisor or solicitor.

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JOIN US AT LEGACY EVENT TO FIND OUT MORE

We’d love to meet you and share with you what we do – and why your support for our work is so special. So each year we invite our supporters to join us either at their local PDSA Pet Hospital, or at other locations around the UK. Come along and find out more about PDSA and ask us any questions you have about our life-saving work or writing a Will.

PDSA Pet Hospital visits
Seeing our work with sick and injured pets is the best way to understand how important it is. You’ll witness a typical day at PDSA – the care, the enthusiasm, the dedication. You’ll see areas normally only seen by our Vets and Vet nurses – the treatment areas, dog and cat recovery wards and the operating theatre. We will talk to you about PDSA’s fascinating history – and the vital role that Gifts in Wills play in funding treatments to sick and injured pets. You can discuss with the veterinary team how their work makes such a difference to so many lives – both pets and their owners.

Other event locations
Outside of our PDSA Pet Hospitals, we sometimes bring our work to you instead. We invite you to lovely locations where you can see and hear about our history and how important Gifts in Wills are in funding our care for pets in need. Some events include a special celebrity guest speaker.



WHY DO I NEED TO UPDATE MY WILL

Circumstances change. Life is ever-evolving. So it’s important occasionally to review and update your Will to ensure that it still reflects your wishes. For those left behind it can be even worse if you don’t update your Will than not having one at all. If you have a simple amendment to your Will you can use a Codicil to update it at no cost to you .  

See our Codicil form – we’ll give you step-by-step guidance and suggested wording as well.

Listen to the experts

See solicitors explain the importance of making and updating a Will. 


CODICIL

You can make a simple change to your Will without paying for it to be rewritten, by adding a Codicil. A Codicil is a written amendment to a Will. It must be dated, signed and witnessed and make reference to the Will it amends. A Codicil can add to, subtract from or modify the terms of the original Will.  For example, you may want to include a gift to PDSA in a Codicil to your Will. 

Download our Codicil document

REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBERS AND WORDING

Registered charity numbers 208217 and SC037585

If you would like to remember PDSA in your Will or Codicil, we recommend that you use the following wording: - 

Wording to include a fixed sum of money (pecuniary legacy)

I give to The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals of Whitechapel Way, Priorslee, Telford TF2 9PQ, Registered charity numbers 208217 and SC037585, the sum of [words –  e.g. Five hundred] pounds £[500] free of Inheritance Tax, it being my express wish that the funds are applied absolutely for its general purposes. And I direct that the receipt of the Director General or other proper officer for the time being of the said Charity shall be a sufficient discharge for the said monies.

Wording to include percentage part or all of your estate (residuary legacy)

I give [e.g. 10%] of the residue of my estate after payment of funeral and testamentary expenses and debts to my (Executors/Trustees) to hold upon trust for The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals of Whitechapel Way, Priorslee, Telford TF2 9PQ, Registered charity numbers 208217 and SC037585 absolutely, it being my express wish that the funds are applied absolutely for its general purposes. And I direct that the receipt of the Director General or other proper officer for the time being of the said Charity shall be a sufficient discharge for the said monies


IS THERE SOMEWHERE I CAN RECORD MY WILL
Yes. PDSA has teamed up with the Certainty National Will Register to provide you with free Will registration if you include a gift to PDSA in your Will. The Certainty National Will Register is endorsed by the Law Society. 

All too often Wills are presumed never written or deemed lost so they are difficult to trace, often causing beneficiaries anguish at a difficult time.

The passage of time, house moves and even malicious destruction are key factors as to why a Will cannot be found when it is needed, so it makes sense to keep a copy safely stored by a third party.

Registering a Will with Certainty takes just seconds and there are no complicated procedures to follow. The only details you need are the name of the practice where your will was made, the date it was signed and the witnesses’ names.

Registering your Will with Certainty normally costs £30 but we have teamed up with them to provide you with free Will registration by using the redemption code
PDSA 5000 during the registration process.  

How to register a Will


It’s simple, quick and easy. Complete the 60-second registration form, filling in the name of the solicitor practice where it was made, the date it was signed and the witnesses’ names. Enter the redemption code ‘PDSA 5000’. Then submit. Your Will is now registered. Need help registering a Will? Call the Certainty helpline on 0845 408 0404.

SOLICITORS IN YOUR AREA

PDSA always recommends you see the professional advice of a solicitor before making your will.

Writing your own will, even with a will pack, can be risky because probate law, Inheritance Tax and the language used are not always straightforward.


PDSA AS AN EXECUTOR
For many people, choosing who will act as their executor or executors is often quite a difficult and worrying task.

At PDSA we have a great deal of experience in the administration of estates. We often act as executor for our supporters who have been kind enough to leave us a share of their estate. If your will is relatively simple and contains no will trusts we may be able to act as your executor.  

By appointing PDSA as your executor, you can be sure that all appropriate steps will be taken to carry out your wishes efficiently and sensitively.

If you would like to discuss how PDSA can act as your executor, please phone us on 0800 591248.

HELP FOR EXECUTORS
We truly value the gifts left to us by supporters who have passed away. By leaving a gift to PDSA your friend or loved one has left a positive mark on the world for the future of animal welfare.

We are here to help


It is quite normal that you may have a number of questions or that you may need some advice in your role as an executor.  We are here to help and will offer guidance whenever we can. To speak to a member of our team simply click on this link and fill in the contact form and we will phone you back a soon as we can.  (link to contact form. Can the reason for contacting be auto populated to: Help for executors) 

The last thing we want to do is to cause any distress or upset to you, but as a charity we are governed by the Charity Commission and when a supporter is kind enough to leave us a gift in their Will we are required to ask you as executor for a number of items of information. 
 
So when you get in touch we would be very grateful if you would inform us of the following details of the person who has passed away:

  • Full name of our kind benefactor
  • Their last known address and any other recent addresses 
  • The date of their Will 
  • The date of their death
  • We would also be very grateful if you could send us a copy of the Will. 

When we have been left a share in the estate we also need to request a list of our late benefactor’s assets and liabilities, as at the date of death (and their values) there may be tax implications that need to be considered.

When you are in a position to make a payment from the estate, it would be helpful if you could do this by bank transfer to our account:


Lloyds TSB Bank
Birmingham Branch
Sort code: 30-18-55
Account: 02383859

If you prefer to pay by cheque please make it payable to PDSA and send it to:

PDSA Legacy Department
Whitechapel Way
Priorslee
Telford
TF2 9PQ

Please include our benefactor’s name and address as well as your own.


THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING PDSA IN YOUR WILL

Thank you so much if you have decided to include a gift in your Will for our work with sick and injured pets. Your kindness and generosity is truly appreciated by all of us at PDSA.

Gifts like yours are vital to helping suffering pets in the future. Two-thirds of all PDSA free treatments are paid for by gifts in Wills. When the time comes, your gift will make a substantial contribution to our work long into the future.

We’d love to hear from you if you would like to tell us about your gift. Please use the contact form to tell us about your gift.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does a Will cost? 

A: Writing a simple Will with a reputable Will-writer is far less expensive than most people realise. The average cost of writing a single Will is around £100, depending on where you live.


 


Q: Can I write my own Will? 

A: Writing your own, even with a Will pack, can be risky because probate law, Inheritance Tax and the language used are not always straightforward. If all the required legal procedures aren't followed, you could inadvertently make your Will null and void.