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How to leave a legacy gift

It's easier than you think

First, work out what you've got. Start by sitting down with a cuppa and write down everything you own - including savings, possessions, property - and their approximate value. 

Then note down the names of relatives and friends - people you want to include in your will. Match up the two lists and you're now ready to make an appointment with your solicitor.

Our Will Planner worksheet, included in your free Legacy Pack will make this task even easier.

Download your free legacy pack, or ask our Legacy Adviser, Nathaniel Micklem, to post you a pack. Contact Nathaniel on 0300 200 1331, or email him at


"For front line operations, I like my money to go right where it counts. When something like an earthquake happens, that's when I can see what Oxfam is doing."

Eddy Double, a supporter from Sleaford who has left a gift to Oxfam in his Will

The kind of gifts you can leave to Oxfam

A share of your estate (Residuary Legacy): Once you've worked out what you're leaving to family and friends, you can donate a share, or all of what's left.

A specific sum of money (Pecuniary Legacy): If you want to leave a lump sum to Oxfam, you specify this amount in your will.

A specific item: Jewellery, a first edition book, or any item that you think will be of some value to Oxfam's work when sold.

Already have a will?

Great. If you already have a will and want to leave a legacy gift to Oxfam, all you have to do is make a codicil. And don't worry about the fancy Latin word, it just means 'amendment'. So speak to your solicitor about making a codicil to your existing will, and they'll take it from there.


Make a Will over the phone

If you would like to write your Will over the phone, simply fill out the form and you will receive a phone call from our partner in the next three weeks to arrange a time to write your will over the phone. This service is only available in England and Wales.

Arrange a call   

Home visit

If you would like someone to visit your home to discuss your free Will, fill out the form and you will be contacted by our partner in the next three weeks to arrange an appointment. This service is only available in England Wales.

Arrange a visit   

Meet with a local solicitor

Meet with a local solicitor for your free Will: we'll send you a pack with a list of participating solicitors in your area and their contact details so you can arrange an appointment. This service is undertaken by our partner and is available across the UK.

Arrange a meeting   

More information

Get in touch

We're always happy to help. If you have any questions about making or amending a Will, about Oxfam's work, or how we will use your legacy gift, please contact Nathaniel Micklem on 0300 200 1331.

Our promise

Your legacy gift is a promise of a brighter future for the communities we support worldwide. In return, this is our promise to you.