Leaving a gift in your will
"The mantra is like the needle of a compass. It heads you always in the direction of your own destiny. It points always to the true direction you must follow, away from self into God and, whichever way your ego may lead you, the compass is always faithful in the direction it points you.The mantra, if you say it with generosity, with faithfulness and with love will always point you in the direction of God and it is only in God that our true destiny can be revealed."John Main Why is Meditation Difficult? in The Way of Unknowing p86 DLT
Once you have provided for your family and friends in your will, you may like to consider leaving a gift to the community for the ongoing vision of sharing the gift of meditation. Leaving a gift in your will is a way to support the community and express your desire to leave a lasting imprint on the future.
For help and advice on how to leave a donation in your Will, we always recommend you use a solicitor.
Frequently asked questions about leaving a Legacy
Question - What basic information do I need to include in my Will?
Answer - Please include our name, our address and our registered charity number: The Christian Meditation Trust (UK), Lido Centre, 63 Mattock Lane, London, W13 9LA. CMT (UK). Registered Charity No 1101900. If you have any queries please, contact the UK office on tel: 020 8280 2283 or email .
Question - Can I add WCCM UK Charity to my existing will?
Answer - Fortunately, making changes to an existing will is very straightforward. If you want to add us to an existing Will, your solicitor simply attaches a codicil. This must be done by your solicitor - don't make changes yourself as you may inadvertently invalidate your Will. The codicil will need the signature of two independent witnesses. You can download a copy of our codicil form from our website. If there are a number of changes you want to make, it may be better to make a new Will, which your solicitor can help you with.
Question - What is a codicil form?
Answer - A codicil form is a simple way to make small changes to your existing Will, however we would always recommend using a qualified solicitor when using this form. To download a codicil form click here. (Form at bottom of document)
Question - What is meant by a pecuniary or residuary legacy?
Answer - Two main types of legacies that people leave are pecuniary and residuary. A pecuniary legacy is a set amount of money. A residuary legacy is when a person leaves a percentage of their estate to a charity. This means that, however much your estate is ultimately worth, you ensure your loved ones are looked after as well as giving a gift to your chosen charity. It also means you don't have to keep altering your Will as your circumstances change.
Question - What if my circumstances change?
Answer - With a properly worded legacy, you can be safe in the knowledge that, should your circumstances change, your will automatically takes account of this. This gives you the assurance that you are able to look after yourself, friends and family whilst also knowing that you will still be doing something for your chosen charity if there is any money left over after you die.
Question - Will leaving a legacy affect my inheritance tax liability?
Answer - Gifts to charities in your will are generally exempt from inheritance tax. If you leave a charitable gift it will be deducted from your estate before inheritance tax liability is calculated