A gift in your will can help support families in their darkest hour
A legacy is when you leave a sum of money in your will to a charitable cause.
How much you choose to leave is up to you, but every single legacy, no matter how large or small, will make a significant difference to the FirstLight. Leaving a legacy to FirstLight in your will allows you to give a wonderful gift, without affecting your financial situation today.
When making a will, you have the unique chance to provide for an organisation that you care about and leave a lasting contribution. FirstLight, our FirstLight Families and our volunteers thank you for considering FirstLight.
Making a Will
Making a will is extremely important, whether or not you plan to leave a legacy, because it’s the only way for you to ensure that your wishes on how your money should be used after your death are followed.
Fortunately, making a will could not be more straightforward. If you already have a solicitor, all you need to do is talk to them about building your will. If you do not already have a solicitor, you will need to find a solicitor who can draw up a will for you. This is very simple. Making a will is one of the basic services that almost every solicitor would provide.
We have listed below some of the preparations that we suggest you might make prior to visiting with your solicitor about making your will:
Put together a list of your assets
Consider whether there are any items you might wish to leave to specific people. Confirm who will be the Executors of your will. These are the people who will administer your estate and carry out your instructions. It should be someone that you trust and who has some knowledge of your affairs
Leaving a Gift
If you would like to remember FirstLight in your will, there are two main types of legacy that you can leave in your will:
A Residuary Bequest
A Residuary Legacy is a gift of the residue, or share of the residue, of your estate, after other bequests to your family and close friends have been looked after and all debts, taxes and expenses have been paid. Generally, this is the kind of legacy that is of the greatest benefit to us as its value increase in line with the value of your estate.
If you are making a residuary gift, below is an example of the text can be used in your will:
“I give to FirstLight of Carmichael House, 4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, Ireland, 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.”
A Pecuniary Bequest
A Pecuniary Legacy is where you state in your will that a specific sum of money, determined when the Will is written, will go to a particular charity, or charities of your choice.
If you are making a gift of a fixed sum or specific item, below is an example of the text that can be used in your will:
“I give the sum of €_____ to FirstLight of Carmichael House, 4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7, Ireland, 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.”
We also recommend that you visit www.mylegacy.ie . MyLegacy is Ireland’s leading resource for information on legacy giving. This resource will help you to find out what legacy giving is all about, read what others have to say about the life-affirming feeling of leaving a legacy, and learn more about making or changing your will.
Through your generosity, we will
- continue to support families who suddenly lose a child and
- continue to promote research into the causes and prevention of Sudden Infant Death.
If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift in your will, please contact our office, at any time on 01-8732711 or to talk to someone in confidence on our Council email firstname.lastname@example.org we would be delighted to discuss your legacy with you in more detail.
Alternatively you can write to us at:
4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
FirstLight believes that all families should have access to the support and information they need when a child grieves or when a child dies. Through understanding their grieving process and receiving help in dealing with bereavement from appropriately trained professionals, families can learn to live with their grief and begin rebuilding their lives.
That is why FirstLight are here.
www.firstlight.ie Contact numbers: 087-2423777, 01-8732711, 1850 391 391
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FirstLight offers support and information, and promotes research into the sudden, unexpected, often unexplained deaths of infants and children. With your continued support we can continue to provide our services for free across Ireland.