What wording should I use to include a gift in my Will?

Here are some examples of how a gift to a charity like Versus Arthritis should be worded.

Wording for a residuary gift

"Subject as aforesaid I give, devise and bequeath to Versus Arthritis of Copeman House, St Mary's Court, St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7TD, the whole [or a share (e.g. one quarter or 25% )] of my residuary estate for its general charitable purpose and I declare that the receipt of the secretary or other proper officer shall be a good and sufficient discharge therefore."

Wording for a pecuniary gift

"I give, devise and bequeath to Versus Arthritis of Copeman House, St Mary's Court, St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7TD the sum of £XX (XX pounds) for its general charitable purpose and I declare that the receipt of the secretary or other proper officer shall be a good and sufficient discharge therefore."

Scottish law

The law in Scotland is different so you must take various points into consideration. We also strongly recommend that you seek the professional advice of a solicitor. Please download Your guide to Scots law (PDF, 122 KB).