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You can be assured that leaving a gift of any value in your Will can make a real and lasting difference to the people that Trócaire works with for generations to come.

WATCH: Carrie Peach travelled to Ethiopia in summer 2015 to see how the legacy gift left to Trócaire by her grand-uncle Patrick 'Packie' Lee has helped change people's lives.

When making a Will it is important to provide for our loved ones - our family, friends and relatives. Yet it is also a unique chance to provide for those causes closest to our heart and leave a lasting contribution.
In this section you will find information about:
  • The difference your legacy can make to the lives of people in the countries where Trócaire works
  • Making a will and getting low-cost/free legal advice in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Getting support from the Trócaire team
 

The difference your legacy could make:

  • €144/£103: will pay for two children to attend school in Zimbabwe for a year with books and supplies.
  • €252/£181: will provide farmers with improved cassava seeds, a traditional root vegetable, to plant over 100 acres in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • €600/£430: would pay for five Health Workers to care for communities in rural Odisha, India, for a full year.
  • €5,000/£3,587: will support 75 poor farmers in Kenya with two goats each which will provide milk and an important source of income.
  • €10,800/£7,746: will assist in defending human rights in Guatemala where Trócaire has been working to ensure justice for those who have suffered abuse and land-grabbing.
  • €50,000/£35,858: will provide water to 16,000 households with the installation of 20 wells in communities in northern Uganda.

*based on currency exchange rates October 2015

 

Making a Will – where to start

Making a Will can seem like an overwhelming task at first but it need not be so.
 
We recommend that you make a Will through a solicitor who can offer invaluable guidance whilst also ensuring that your Will is legally binding. Below are some simple steps which will help guide you through the process.
 
1. Arrange an appointment with your solicitor.
 
2. Find out the likely value of your estate.
Most people are surprised when they work out how much the value of all their assets are worth. Your estate is everything you own, excluding any outstanding payments you have to make, for example mortgage repayments. To place a value on your estate you will need to account for all your assets and savings minus your debts.
 
3. Consider the people and causes you would like to benefit.
Make a list of the people and causes you would like to benefit from your Will and think about who should receive the most significant gifts.
 
4. Appoint your executors
Executors have the responsibility of administering your estate and of making sure that your wishes are carried out. Executors may include family members, friends or professionals.
 

Ways of allocating your estate

There are two main ways of making gifts in your estate:
 
1. PECUNIARY LEGACY: A specific sum of money or item
Pecuniary legacies consist of a specific amount of money or item being left to an individual or organisation.
 
2. RESIDUAL LEGACY: A share of your total estate
The ‘residue’ is what is left after all other payments and legacies have been met from the estate.
 

After you have made your Will

Try and keep your Will up to date. It is also a good idea to review your Will every few years as the value of your assets may change over time. Your solicitor will best advise on how to do this.
 

Ensure your Will is kept safe

It is best to leave your Will in a safe place, such as with your solicitor, and also to keep a copy for yourself. You should also let your executors or immediate family know where they can find it.
 

Tax implications

Legacies left to charities such as Trócaire are completely tax-free, meaning that 100% of any gift you leave in your Will would go directly to our work. It is advised that you seek the advice of a professional regarding taxation and your Will.
 

If you wish to change your Will

If your changes are relatively simple, such as the addition of a charitable gift, you can add a Codicil, which is a legally binding document that details the amendments to your Will. You should contact a solicitor if you wish to add a Codicil to your will. 
 
Read our legacy booklet for more information:

If you would like further information about making a Will and including a gift to Trócaire, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • ROI: Grace Kelly, Trócaire, Freepost NS244, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Email: [email protected]  Phone: +353 (0)1 629 3333
  • NI: Trócaire, Freepost BEL 1230, Belfast, BT1 6BR. Email: [email protected] Phone: +44 28 9080 8030
 

Legal support

Special initiatives are run in November each year in the Republic and Northern Ireland offering advice to those who would like to remember Trócaire in their Will:
 

We fully respect that making a Will is a very personal and private matter and as such all enquiries we receive in this regard are treated sensitively and in strictest confidence.

Read more about Trócaire's work and the difference your legacy could make.

 

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