Leave a Legacy

Remembering ORCA in your Will

By leaving a legacy to ORCA you will be helping to make a lasting difference for years to come.   With your support you can help us fulfil our vision of ‘oceans alive with whales and dolphins’.

Leaving a gift to ORCA is simple, we’ve outlined some of the key information below as well as some helpful websites which should provide you with all the details that you need.  If you have a question or would like to tell us that you’ve remembered us in your Will please contact us at info@orcaweb.org.uk

Leaving a gift to ORCA:

If you leave a gift to a charity in your Will, its value will be deducted from your estate (your money, possessions and property) before Inheritance Tax is worked out, for more details please see the HMRC website.

The information that you will need:

If you wish to leave ORCA a legacy you will need to include our charity number 1141728 as well as our name in the wording.

I haven’t got a Will:

It’s important to have a Will so that you can make sure that you take care of your family, friends and the causes that are close to your heart. By being prepared you can make sure your wishes are carried out and avoid confusion. 

Wills are legal documents and can be complex, a small mistake in a Will can cause many problems. It is best to get someone legally qualified to draft one for you which includes all the friends, family and charities that you would like to remember.

I’ve already got a Will – how can I remember ORCA?

If you’ve already written a will but would like to leave a gift to ORCA you don’t need to go through the inconvenience, expense and stress of a complete rewrite; you can just add a sentence, called a codicil.  A solicitor will be able to advise you on how to add a codicil to your will which will be at a smaller cost to you than writing a new will.

Types of Legacy that you can leave:

  • Residuary Legacy

This is the gift of the remainder of your estate (or a percentage of the remainder) after all other bequests (gifts to friends and family) have been made and all outgoings/costs have been dealt with.

  • Pecuniary Legacy

This is the gift of a fixed sum of money.  It is important to note that the value of a pecuniary legacy will decrease over time as the cost of living/inflation increases.

Who to approach to write your Will/update your Will:

You may have a friend or family member who can recommend a solicitor to help you write your Will but if not you can search for details of a local solicitor by visiting The Law Society’s website.  There is a cost to using a solicitor for Will Writing so it’s advisable to check their fee structure before you instruct them.

Some bank accounts and car and home insurance policies may offer you legal services which can include Will Writing services for discounted rates or sometimes for free – it’s definitely worth checking your policy documents!

If you are a member of Trade Union do check with them as Will writing services are sometimes a benefit that some Trade Unions offer their members.

Thank you from us

If you do decide to leave a gift to ORCA, please accept our heartfelt thanks. Your legacy will help us to continue our work protecting whales, dolphin and porpoises, now and in the future.