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If you're thinking about leaving a gift in your will, our FAQs will help answer the most commonly asked questions. Please don't hesitate to contact us if there is anything else you would like to know about leaving a gift.

 

Who can I talk to about making a will and leaving a gift to Art UK?

We would be delighted to help you with any Art UK-related queries regarding legacies and wills. You can speak to our Development Manager, Liz May, in complete confidence on +44 (0)1782 976671  or contact by email at liz.may@artuk.org

Alternatively write to: Development Manager, Art UK, Staffordshire University, 2nd Floor, Mellor Building, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE. If you would like us to reply by telephone, please include a daytime number where we can contact you.

 

How do I make a will?

We recommend using a qualified solicitor to make a new will or to amend an existing will. You can find a solicitor in your local area using the Law Society's website.

 

What is Art UK's registered charity number and details to be included in a will?

Our registered charity name and number are Public Catalogue Foundation, No. 1096185

(Please note our registered charity name is different to our website name.)

Our address is: Art UK, Staffordshire University, 2nd Floor, Mellor Building, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE

 

Can I choose what the gift in my will is spent on?

We welcome gifts in wills that can be used for general purposes so we can meet our most urgent needs, but we're also very happy to accept gifts for a particular use. For example, you might have a special interest in our education and learning programmes, or the work we do in support of the nation's public collections, or one of our interactive initiatives such as Tagger or Art Detective.

 

What type of legacy can I leave Art UK?

There are three principal types of gift:

  1. Residuary gift (a percentage of your estate)

You can leave the remainder or a percentage of your estate - a share of what's left over after any debts have been paid and family and friends have been provided for. This type of gift is popular because it holds its value over time and isn't affected by inflation.

  1. Pecuniary gift (a fixed sum of money)

You can leave a gift of a fixed sum of money. Pecuniary gifts are not as popular as residuary gifts because their value will decrease over time, for example, as the cost of living increases.

  1. Specific bequest (an item such as a painting)

You can leave an asset such as property, shares, etc. Or you might wish to leave a particular named item, for example, a painting or sculpture. Such assets could be left to Art UK for subsequent sale.

 

What wording can I use to leave a financial gift in my will?

If you'd like to leave a residuary gift, the suggested wording is:

'I GIVE the whole [or a share, e.g. one half, one third] of the residue of my estate to the Public Catalogue Foundation (trading as Art UK) of Staffordshire University, 2nd Floor, Mellor Building, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE, Registered Charity No. 1096185, for its general charitable purposes and I DECLARE that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.'

If you'd like to leave a pecuniary gift, the suggested wording is:

'I GIVE free of inheritance tax the sum of £[AMOUNT] to the Public Catalogue Foundation (trading as Art UK) of Staffordshire University, 2nd Floor, Mellor Building, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE, Registered Charity No. 1096185, for its general charitable purposes and I DECLARE that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.'

We recommend discussing the wording with a qualified solicitor when you come to write or amend your will.

 

Is my legacy free of inheritance tax?

Yes. Gifts, including legacy bequests to a charity, are inheritance-tax free. If you leave more than 10% of your estate to a charity like Art UK, you can reduce the amount of tax you pay on your remaining taxable estate.

 

I am an executor, where do I send the legacy payment?

All correspondence should be sent to: Legacy Administration team, Art UK, Staffordshire University, 2nd Floor, Mellor Building, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE who will reply to the correspondence and sort out allocation of funds. Cheques should be made payable to Art UK.