HOW YOU CAN HELP THE SOCIETY BY LEAVING A LEGACY (Bequest)
The Anatomical Society is a learned society with charitable status dedicated to developing and promulgating research and education in the anatomical sciences. We are always grateful to receive legacies (bequests) to help further our charitable aims and as a memorial to the donor. Legacies to the Society have the added benefit of being exempt from inheritance tax: this could reduce or eliminate completely any potential tax that might otherwise be payable out of your estate.
The commonest types or legacy are either Pecuniary, where the gift is a specific sum of money, or Residuary, where the gift is of all or part of an estate after all other pecuniary legacies have been paid.
An open legacy towards the general purposes of the Society is preferable, because it allows us to apply the funds donated to purposes for which the need is greatest at the time the legacy becomes available. However, a legacy may also be made for a specific purpose, such as funding a research studentship or travel scholarships or specific educational awards.
Mechanism for Leaving a Legacy to the Society
We recommend that you consult a solicitor or qualified Will-writer before making a Will or changing an existing one. These professionals will be able to give you all the legal and tax advice that you require. Additions to an existing Will can be made using a Form of Codicil (a codicil is a document that sits alongside an existing Will, detailing any changes to it). Please note that witnesses should be present when you sign the form, but they must not be either a member of the Anatomical Society or the spouse of a member of the Society.
If you include a legacy to the Anatomical Society in your Will, we would appreciate being informed of your generous act. To inform us of your bequest or for further information and specific advice on legacies to the Society, please contact the Honorary Secretary (email@example.com)