Leave A Legacy

As a registered charity we rely heavily on support from the community, and generous individuals such as yourself, in order to continue to provide the high level of service we believe our beneficiaries deserve.

It is because of this belief that we are inviting you, once you have looked after those you care about most, to consider leaving a gift to Independent Options North West in your will, and to leave your legacy in the lives of others.

Creating a will is an incredibly simple process that a solicitor will be able to give you advice and guidance on.

Leave your legacy in the lives of others

Why is it important to have a will?

Making a Will

Your Will is crucial to the future of people you love and the causes you care about. A Will is a legal document that your chosen Executors are instructed to follow—it is the only way to ensure that all your wishes are followed, no matter your age or your circumstances.

Review Your Will

It is important to check your Will regularly to ensure it still reflects your wishes, circumstances, and the causes that are close to your heart.

Changing Your Will

You should consider changing your will if you:

  • Get married
  • Get divorced
  • Move house
  • Suffer the death of a beneficiary to your estate
  • If there is an addition to the family

You can amend your Will quickly and easily by adding what is called a Codicil. A Codicil amends your Will rather than replacing it and is very straightforward to complete.

Your solicitor will be able to help and advise you on all of the options above. Leaving a gift in your Will is an incredibly simple procedure that could make a difference to the lives and futures of so many people.

Types of gifts you can leave to Independent Options North West

Leaving a legacy to Independent Options will ensure that people with a learning disability can achieve their goals and aspirations, and live the life they choose. Your gift, whatever its value, is precious to us, and will make a difference.

Residuary Legacy

A percentage of the value of your estate once all other payments have been made and your loved ones have been taken care of.

Pecuniary Legacy

This is a fixed sum of money—you may prefer this option if you have loved ones who you want to receive the majority of your estate.

Specific Legacy

Items such as property, paintings, jewellery, etc.

In Memoriam

You can use your will to state wishes for your funeral. E.g. you may like to ask family and friends to make a donation to Independent Options in lieu of flowers. This can be a positive way for loved ones to commemorate your life by supporting a cause that was close to you in life.

If you would like more information about any of the information mentioned here or to request a wills and legacies information pack, please do not hesitate to contact our Fundraising and Marketing Manager, Lucy.

Jason's Story

Jason, a Shared Lives Service User: “Shared Lives is a place you can go to get help. You can make and meet new friends, and they have good carers. You get to go on holiday and share your life with someone else. My life is better because of Shared Lives because I have a home that is safe, calm and easy to live in. Shared Lives is helping me to be more independent and gain skills for the future. I am being helped to be a part of my community and I am supported when I am faced with challenges. Talking with my carer helps me to meet those challenges and it gives me confidence.”

Shared Lives Carer: “I have worked in care services for many years, but there is nothing more rewarding than welcoming someone into your own home, and sharing everything in your lives. The relationship that builds between you is something special. No amount of money could buy that.”

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