How do I make a will?

Making a Will is often a simple and inexpensive process. As a legal document, it is important to get the wording right so we recommend you consult a solicitor or professional Will writer. They can also advise on the most tax-efficient ways to administer your estate. If you need help finding a solicitor, the Law Society of Scotland or Law Society can help. You can also contact us for suggestions of Edinburgh based solicitors.

You can download all this information in our Leaving a Legacy - made easy brochure.

How your Gift could support Edinburgh Napier University

Your gift could help to provide student support and scholarships, making sure that talented students from all backgrounds will always have the opportunity to study and fulfil their potential.

It could underpin our academic work, helping the University to attract and retain the finest minds from around the world and ensuring the highest calibre teaching and research. 


Or you may want your gift to help create facilities in which the pursuit of innovation and excellence can flourish – an environment in which we can continue to extend the boundaries of knowledge and understanding. Unrestricted support can provide the University with the flexibility it needs to achieve its most important goals and to react quickly to challenging circumstances. 

Whatever you choose to support, your legacy gift will help Edinburgh Napier University to build a secure financial platform that will enable it to look to the future with confidence.

What types of Gift can you make?

A percentage or share of your estate: For example, you could leave a 1/5 share or 10% of your total wealth. This is known as a residuary gift.

A lump sum: For example, you might wish to give a fixed sum of money like £1,000, £5,000 or £10,000. This is known as a pecuniary gift.

A valuable item: For example, you can gift property, antiques or shares to the University. This is known as a specific gift.

Other assets: You can also make the University the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, company benefit or pension fund.

Variation of Will: Many families choose to make a variation of Will from their share of the estate, perhaps to make a gift in memory of their loved one or to reduce tax liability.

Our charity details for your will

Should you choose to support the University in your will, your solicitor will need our details to make sure we receive your gift:

Edinburgh Napier University, charity number SC018373, Development & Alumni Office, Sighthill Campus, Edinburgh EH11 4BN

This applies to gifts from the UK and most other countries.

If your current Will mentions the Edinburgh Napier University Development Trust, charity SC030225 there is no need to change it – it will still reach us without problem. 


Gifts from the USA

If you live in the USA you may wish to make your gift to Edinburgh Napier University by donating to the Chapel & York Foundation a 501(c)(3) non-profit Foundation and selecting Edinburgh Napier University Development Trust as the beneficiary. Gifts in Wills are 100% deductible from your taxable estate. Please contact Chapel & York at (copy to in order to discuss your individual requirements.

The Chapel & York Foundation can also be contacted by post at:

The Chapel & York Foundation, 155 E. 44th Street, 6th Floor, New York NY 10017 USA

Please quote "Edinburgh Napier University Development Trust" as a reference in any correspondence.

For more information about the Chapel & York Foundation, including ways to give, visit their website

Is there a Tax advantage?

We are recognised as a charity by the Inland Revenue and, therefore, pay no tax on the gifts we receive.

Legacies also have tax benefits for your estate, as any bequest to the University is deducted from the value of the estate before Inheritance Tax liability is calculated.

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