Leave a Gift in a Will:
By leaving a gift to Down Syndrome Ireland in your Will, large or small, you can make a tremendous difference to the lives of people with Down syndrome.
Leaving a Legacy:
When it comes to your Will, it’s only right that your family and friends come first in your thoughts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also leave a gift to a cause close to your heart.
By leaving a gift to Down Syndrome Ireland in your Will, you will enable us to continue providing our wide range of vital services which improve the lives of thousands of children and adults with Down syndrome throughout Ireland. And for your kindness, we will always remember you.
Making a Will:
Leaving a gift to DSI in your will is a straightforward, easy and cost-effective way to support our work. By leaving a gift to DSI in your Will large of small, you can make a tremendous difference to the lives of people with Down syndrome.
To find out more about leaving a gift in your will please call the National Office on (01) 4266500 and we will send you an information leaflet on what to do and answer any questions or queries you may have.
Questions and Answers on Will Making:
(1) Why do I need a Will?
Making a Will is extremely important, even if you don’t plan to leave a legacy. That’s because a Will is the only way for you to say how your money and personal belongings should be used after your death.
Fortunately, it couldn’t be more straightforward. If you already have a solicitor, your first step is as simple as a phone call. If not, you’ll need to find a solicitor who will draw up a Will for you. This should be easy, as it’s one of the basic services almost all solicitors provide.
I’d like to leave a legacy in my Will. What types of legacies are there?
There are two types of legacies:
1. Residuary Legacy: You make provisions for your nearest and dearest first, then leave the remainder or part of the remainder of your estate as your legacy after all other bequests and any debts have been paid.
Sample Residuary Legacy wording for your Will:
“I give to Down Syndrome Ireland of Unit 3 Park Way House, Western Parkway Business Park, Ballymount Drive, Dublin 12 all [or a fraction] of the residue of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be a full and sufficient discharge of the same.”
2. Pecuniary Legacy: A legacy gift of a fixed sum of money.
Sample Pecuniary Legacy wording for your Will:
“I give the sum of €_______ or I bequeath [the item specified] to Down Syndrome Ireland of Unit 3, Park Way House, Western Parkway Business Park, Ballymount Drive, Dublin 12 and I direct that the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be proper and sufficient discharge for the same.”
(2) I want to leave a legacy but I’ve already made my Will. Can I change it?
Yes. Even if you have an existing Will, it’s easy to change it to include a legacy to the charity of your choice. This change is called a “Codicil” and can if you have an existing Will, it’s easy to change it to include a legacy to the charity of your choice. This change is called a “Codicil” and can be drawn up easily by your solicitor.
(3) Do I have to notify you if I leave a legacy to Down Syndrome Ireland?
The decision to give is a personal one, and at DSI we respect that. As such, the choice to notify us is entirely yours. But we hope you will consider letting us know you have left a legacy to DSI for three very important reasons
-It gives us the chance to thank you.
-It lets us work with you personally in directing your legacy to areas of DSI’s work that are most meaningful to you.
-It allows us to plan for the future.
Our pledge of discretion to you is that any information you choose to provide will always be treated with the utmost confidentiality – and that Down Syndrome Ireland remain equally grateful for the legacy support of those who choose not to advise us in advance. Again, if you have any questions, please ring Belinda Kearns directly on (01) 563 2461 and she’ll be happy to help you.
Thank you, as ever, for your lasting kindness.
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about wills, legacies and Down Syndrome Ireland. Reach us online, over the telephone on (01) 4266500 , by letter, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Administering an estate:
If you are an executor or a solicitor administering an estate and require further information about Down Syndrome Ireland please do not hesitate to contact the National Office on (01) 4266500 or email email@example.com.