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A young refugee boy on the Greek island of Kos © Amnesty International

If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift to Amnesty in your Will you can take a look at our legacy guide. Or get in touch directly with Emma and Christina in our Legacy team who will be happy to answer your questions.

You can email us at legacy@amnesty.org.uk or give us a call on 020 7033 1627 (Emma) or 020 7033 1657 (Christina).

You can also have a look at our FAQ section below.

Frequently asked questions 

Do I really need a Will?

Having a Will isn’t a legal requirement, but it’s the only way to ensure that your estate is passed on to the people and charities that you want it to go to. Without a Will, it’s the legal system that will decide who receives what from your estate.

What key details and wording should I use to include a gift to Amnesty International UK in my Will?

You and your solicitor/will-writer will need these key details: 

Name: Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust
Charity number: England and Wales (1051681) and Scotland (SC039534)
Address: The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

There are different types of gifts you can include in your Will. Please see our downloadable guide for suggested wording for each type.

What is Inheritance Tax and how does it affect me?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax that is charged on the portion of your estate that exceeds a certain level at the time of your death. A gift to charity in your Will could reduce your liability. Since 6 April 2012 however, your IHT rate will be cut from 40% to 36% if you leave at least 10% of your estate to one or more registered charities.

Everybody’s financial affairs are different, so we always recommend talking to your solicitor or financial advisor.

What if I want to change something?

It’s important to regularly review your Will, to take into account any changes in your life and to Inheritance Tax rules. If you’ve already made a Will, it’s easy to add a gift to a charity by using what's called a 'Codicil' – to find out more, just ask your solicitor or have a look at the codicil form in our legacy guide. 

You can update your Will for free through the National Free Wills Network scheme or Co-op Legal. More information can be found here.

Can Amnesty act as executor of my Will?

Unfortunately, we can't act as the executor of your Will. This is because we do not have the resources to manage it and because we don’t have Trust Corporation status which you need to have to be an executor of a Will.

Downloads
AIUK Legacy Guide 2020_21_0.pdf