Considering who to remember with a parting gift in your will is one of the most meaningful and life-affirming decisions you’ll ever make.
Legacy gifts or ‘gifts in will’ are an important source of income for us, allowing us to make long-term plans to raise awareness of Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease and advocate for people with Parkinson’s in Ireland. They are also a way of enabling you to continue to support our work beyond your lifetime.
By remembering us in your will, you can help ensure our work will continue to benefit those facing the end of their lives and those closest to them for generations to come.
Below, we answer common questions about leaving a legacy:
1. How do I make a will?
You can make a will at any stage of your life. You don’t have to be sick or getting older to make one and the peace of mind you’ll gain from having a valid will in place can be a great comfort. We suggest contacting your solicitor who’ll be able to give you professional advice based on your personal circumstances and answer any questions you might have. If you don’t have a solicitor of choice, contact the Law Society of Ireland for a list of solicitors in your area.
2. I want to leave a legacy but I’ve already made my will. Can I change it?
It’s important you review your will regularly, particularly if there is a significant change in your circumstances like getting married, buying a new house, having a baby or are about to retire. Even if you have an existing will, it can be changed to include a gift to the charity of your choice. This change is called a “codicil” and can be easily drawn up by your solicitor.
3. How do I leave a gift to Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease in my will?
There are three ways in you can leave a gift to a charity in your will:
Your solicitor will be able to give you advice on which option best suits your wishes and personal circumstances.
4. Example of wording
Your solicitor may find the following wording helpful if you’d like to remember us in your will.
For a gift of the residue of an estate:
“I give to Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease CLG (EOPD.ie) of 77 Lower Camden Street, Dublin DO2XE80 all [or a fraction] of the residue of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Foundation shall be full and sufficient discharge of the same.”
For a gift of a fixed sum or specific item:
“I give the sum of €_______ or I bequeath ________ [the item specified] to Irish Hospice Foundation of 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Foundation shall be full and sufficient discharge of the same.”
5. How much should I leave to Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease?
This is totally up to you. No matter how small or large your gift is, it will make a lasting difference to our work and will be hugely valued.
We are a proud member of My Legacy, an umbrella group of over 90 Irish charities who work together to promote the great importance of making a will and to ask people to consider leaving a legacy gift to a favourite charity, once family and friends have been taken care of and all other important personal decisions have been made.