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Writing Your Will

Writing a Will gives you the peace of mind that your affairs are in order. After taking care of your loved ones, writing a Will can also be an opportunity to leave a lasting gift to the causes that you care most about. At Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, gifts in Wills can transform the lives of the hundreds of vulnerable animals that come through our doors every year. 

How to Write A Will

Step One:

Contact a solicitor to help you write or update your Will. Some solicitors provide free will writing and amendment services for charity.  

You can find a local solicitor and write or update your will at any time. The cost will vary dependant on the complexity and solicitor chosen. You can search for a solicitor near you by using the Law Society Directory, a professional body for solicitors.

Find a Solicitor via Law Society of Scotland Find a Solicitor | Law Society of Scotland (lawscot.org.uk) 

Find a Solicitor via Law Society Find a Solicitor – The Law Society 

Step Two:

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 Three:  Appoint the executors of your Will. These are the individuals you choose to make sure that the wishes set out in your Will are carried out. 

Step Four:  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. 

Read about some of our wonderful supporters who have pledged to leave a gift in their Will. 

Jacki and David, Legacy Pledgers

“It is amazing how life can change so quickly. Eight years ago, we were a happily married couple working around London and we knew nothing of the home. I was aged 44, and 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 pay slip. Quite suddenly, I was out driving when I had a crash, causing a major stroke which resulted in severe cognitive impairment and physical disability, so much so, I was never able to work again. 

This made us look at our lifestyle very carefully and make some changes. London was great if you had enough money and the energy to cope with the London buzz. Now these had both disappeared. We both liked the openness of Scotland and, in the past, had been keen travellers, in fact I walked to the Magnetic North Pole in 2005, despite being totally unfit for the role. So the ability to travel so 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 are both keen animal lovers and did have two pet cats in the past. The cats’ lives ended at 19 and 14 and the effect, mainly on Jacki, was devastating. She did not cope when they were no longer with us which meant we are no longer able to have cats. although we love them immensely. 

We had heard of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and decided to investigate it further. On doing so, 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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