How To Write A Will

When it comes to leaving a gift in your Will, you want to make sure it’s done your way. You want to feel confident that the things you care for now are well looked-after later. With the four simple steps below, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re giving a better life to the dogs and cats we care for. This isn’t a charity Will donation that lasts a day, this is a legacy that can last a lifetime.
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Step 1: Decide What You’d Like to Leave

There are several ways to help us keep the Home going and going and going. The first step is to decide which of the below options would best suit you and your own specific estate plans. We’ve included suggested wording on our website at for your Will should you wish to share this with your solicitor.
Residuary – The remainder of your Estate once other gifts and payments have been made.
Pecuniary – A fixed sum of money. The value of pecuniary legacies could decrease over time, as the cost of living increases.
Specific – A particular named item, for example a property or item.

Step 2: Update Your Estate

Contact a solicitor to help you write or update your Will. Some solicitors provide free will writing and amendment services for charity. The cost will vary depending on the complexity of your circumstances and your solicitor.
You can search for a solicitor near you by using the Law Society Directory, a professional body for solicitors.
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Step 3: Our Details

If you wish to leave a gift in your Will to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, you will need to include the following details:

Our name: Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
Our address: 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh EH15 1EH
Our registered charity number: SC006914

Step 4: Your Executors

Appoint the executors of your Will. Deciding who is responsible for carrying out your wishes is really important and can play a big part in the legacy you leave.

Step 5: Letting us Know

If you plan on leaving a gift of this kind, please consider letting us know your intention. There is no obligation but should you wish to, you can let us know if you have included the Home in your Will by filling out this form. We rely on gifts in Wills to continue our vital work and knowing we have been included in your Will can help us plan for the future.


“Eight years ago, we were a happily married couple working around London and we knew nothing of the Home. I was 44, Partner of a firm of Chartered Accountants and looking to stay there all my working life. Jacki had just finished training as a Nurse and had started a full-time job, not yet in receipt of her first payslip. Suddenly, I was in a bad car crash which caused a major stroke. This resulted in severe cognitive impairment and physical disability – so much so, I was never able to work again.

We looked at our lifestyle and knew we had to make some changes. We both liked the openness of Scotland and, in the past, had been keen travellers, so the ability to travel widely from home, if mainly by car, was fantastic. After a stint in the Scottish Borders, which unfortunately was too cold for the new me, we moved, eventually settling in North Berwick.
We’d heard of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and decided to investigate it further. We were immediately impressed with the treatment of the animals, the willingness and friendliness of the staff and cleanliness of the home.

One particular point we wish to mention is that the staff know the animals personally, even those that do not work directly in the cattery. This convinced us wholeheartedly and we have made Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home the beneficiary of our estate.”

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