How to leave a Gift in your will

Information to help you and your solicitor if you are considering making a Gift to the university in your will

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.

How your Gift could support Edinburgh Napier University

Your gift could help to provide student support or 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 you live in the USA you may wish to make your gift to the North American Friends of Napier University Edinburgh (NAFNUE) a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Gifts in Wills are 100% deductible from your taxable estate. NAFNUE can be contacted at development@napier.ac.uk

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.

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.

If we can help, please do not hesitate to be in touch at development@napier.ac.uk