Leaving Your Legacy
A legacy is what you would like to leave to those important to you after you have passed away. A Will is the best way of making sure the money or property you leave goes to those you care about the most. For example, often people choose to make gifts to their family first in their Will.
However, you can also choose to leave a gift or legacy to charity in your Will. The gift is exempt from Inheritance Tax, and an estate can pay Inheritance Tax at a reduced rate of 36% on some assets (instead of 40%) if 10% or more of the ‘net value’ of their estate is left to charity, potentially enabling you to leave more to your family.
The net value of an estate is the total value of all the assets after deducting:
- debts and liabilities
- exemptions, eg anything left to a husband, wife or civil partner
- anything below the Inheritance Tax threshold of £325,000 (known as the ‘nil rate band’)
Leaving a legacy or gift to Deaf Direct is an important way of helping to improve the lives of those living with hearing loss and deafness. A legacy will enable us to continue our vital Information, Outreach and Advocacy services, breaking down barriers and ensuring Deaf and hard of hearing people can live independently in the local community without prejudice. We fight isolation and communication barriers to ensure all the needs of a person are met. Your gift will therefore to change someone’s life.
What our clients are saying about us:
I am now doing level 2 and hoping to do level 3 – through this I have met Deaf/hard of hearing people and spoken to them. 2. I helped to volunteer for a Deaf charity at an information stall in a hospital. The first person to stop was Deaf so I chatted to him – it was great to use my BSL in a ‘real-life’ situation (outside class) for the first time!” 2013-14 academic year – BSL student
I love doing volunteer work. I wanted to give something back to Deaf Direct after they have done for me and the twins. Volunteering is great way to meet people in the community and most important of all, enjoy yourself!
Excellent interpreter. This consultation would not have been possible without her. She had a good working relationship with the patient. The patient’s care was enhanced by her presence.
Amazing how prompt and helpful everyone was. A new phone was delivered and fitted within 72 hours. We are so GRATEFUL. Thank you (13th April 2017)
XX was the best interpreter I have used in the 16 years of working with impairments. Not only was she 100% professional and warm, she was flexible, supportive for how we worked which made this complex interview relaxing. Thank you
“Would you please pass on my thanks to the interpreter who volunteered to make this year’s annual Lights of Love service accessible to the deaf community of Worcester. The evening was a great success and, that is not least thanks to the ongoing support of your organisation.” November 2014 – Chaplain, St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester
It’s lovely to hear from you. I no longer live is Hereford and will be starting university in September to do my degree in Interpreting BSL/English.
Thank you – Deaf Direct really had a massive impact on this and without you all I wouldn’t be doing it. Wish me luck and I hope our paths cross again in the future