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Leave a gift in your will

Tue 13 Oct 2020

Leaving a gift in your will is one of the biggest differences you can make to people living with the effects of brain injury. It will be the reason that we can continue to be there at the end of the phone to provide support and comfort when it matters most, to be able to provide clear information in a time of uncertainty and support recovery and independence through our Identity Cards.

When is a good time to write my will?

A will takes time to consider but there is never a better time than now. Nearly two thirds of people have yet to make a will and it is estimated that one third die without having a valid will.

What happens if I don’t write a will?

If you die without having a valid will, you die intestate. Having a valid will ensures that your wishes can be carried out after you die.

I’m not wealthy so is it worth writing a will or leaving a legacy?

Many people are surprised what their estate amounts to, especially if you own your own home and have life insurance or savings. Even a small charitable gift to Headway can make a big difference.

How do I find a solicitor to write a will?

Headway is part of The Goodwill Partnership scheme which offers solicitor provided wills in England and Wales for a discounted cost of £125 + VAT for a simple will. To find out more or to book an appointment, visit

We also work with several solicitors who offer free or discounted wills. Alternatively, you can use your own solicitor, or you can use the Law Society’s ‘Find a solicitor’ service.

How to leave a gift

When you write your will all you need to do is give your solicitor Headway’s charity name and number: Name: Headway – the brain injury association Charity number: 1025852 (England and Wales) or SC039992 (Scotland)

Find out more about leaving a legacy or writing a will, or contact Julie Hallam on 0115 9240800 or

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