Gift in your will

Information for solicitors

If you wish to remember King’s College Hospital in your will, you must include specific information: the charity’s name, address and registered charity number.

It is important that any gifts are clear and precise.  We strongly recommend that you ask a solicitor to prepare your will to ensure it is legally correct and your wishes are fulfilled.  

If a solicitor is helping you draw up your will, here are some examples of suggested wording, covering three different types of gift.  Depending on the type of gift you intend to leave, the following clauses could be included in your will and completed to reflect your wishes.  

The charity’s priorities and people’s needs inevitably change over time. Therefore we do ask that you consider leaving as few restrictions as possible, so that any gifts can be directed to where the need is greatest.  However, every gift is extremely valuable and always gratefully received, and we will do our best to honour any specific requests.

 

Pecuniary legacy (a specific cash sum)

I give [        ] pounds (£[    ]) to the trustees for the time being of King’s College Hospital Charity of King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS (Registered Charity Number 1165593) (the "Charity") [for the general charitable purposes of the Charity] or [and I request the trustees of the Charity, but without imposing any binding trust or legal obligation, to use the legacy for [name of specific department or purpose]].

 

Residuary legacy (all or part of your net estate)

I give [all] or [[    ]%] of the residue of my Residuary Estate to the trustees for the time being of King’s College Hospital Charity of King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS (Registered Charity Number 1165593) (the "Charity") [for the general charitable purposes of the Charity.] or [and I request the trustees of the Charity, but without imposing any binding trust or legal obligation, to use the legacy for [name of specific department or purpose]].

 

Specific gift (an object or property)

I give to the trustees for the time being of King’s College Hospital Charity of King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS (Registered Charity Number 1165593) (the "Charity") my [name and description of item] [for the general charitable purposes of the Charity.] or [and I request the trustees of the Charity, but without imposing any binding trust or legal obligation, to use the legacy for [name of specific department or purpose]].


 
General clauses – This clause must be included in every will

Regardless of the type of gift you wish to leave to the charity, it is important that the following clause is also included in your will:

If at the date of my death King’s College Hospital Charity (Registered Charity Number 1165593) (the "Charity") has ceased to exist or has amalgamated with another charity or transferred its assets to another body, in the absence of an expression of wishes of the testator, the executors of my will shall give effect to any gift made to the Charity as if it had been made (in the first case) to the Charity in its changed name or (in the second place) to such charitable organisation, that they consider most closely fulfils the objectives of the Charity.  The receipt of the treasurer or other appropriate office for the time being of the Charity, or of any substituted charity to which the legacy is paid shall be sufficient to discharge the executors of my will.

 

Read on for information about different types of gifts