All gifts in Wills are looked after by our Legacy Officer at Open Doors office in Witney, Oxfordshire. They are the only people authorised to give a proper receipt and discharge to executors.
Legacies for the specific benefit of a particular country should still be sent to Witney. The Legacy Officer will, of course, make sure that the funds are restricted for that country or purpose specified in the Will.
Please note that, because of Covid-19, many members of the team are working from home and so it would be helpful if you could pay in any legacy monies electronically. If you can help us in this way, please pay the money direct to our bank:
Account Name: Open Doors with Brother Andrew
Sort Code: 20-97-55
Account no: 23864790
Please could you add the name of the deceased person as the reference so that we can identify and allocate the payment correctly.
(Payment by BACS is preferable, but we understand there will be a charge if it is made by CHAPS.)
We understand that electronic payment may not always be possible and you can of course continue to pay by cheque.
If you are paying by cheque please make the cheque payable to ‘Open Doors with Brother Andrew’ and send it to:
P.O. Box 6,
We will be really grateful if you can include:
It is also good practice for an executor to notify beneficiaries as soon as possible.
This will enable us to amend our charity’s records and ensure that future mailings are not sent out to the deceased. We know that such things can be distressing.
If you have any queries about this. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 01993 777338
In most cases we would prefer to receive the sale proceeds of property or shares gifted to Open Doors in a Will.
Charities are generally exempt from inheritance tax. This means that gifts to Open Doors are ordinarily paid free of tax and are deducted from the estate before the tax is calculated.
Charities are also exempt from capital gains tax so, if an asset is sold as ‘bare trustee’ for Open Doors, we can reclaim the tax. We can also reclaim income tax that has been deducted at source from income of the estate.
For information about tax on gifts in Wills, go to the HMRC website (UK) or the Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Republic of Ireland).
If you are a solicitor and have been asked to include a pecuniary or residuary gift to Open Doors in a Will, you may find the following wording helpful:
‘Open Doors with Brother Andrew' (a charity registered in England and Wales (1125684) and Scotland (SC043710) and Republic of Ireland (20140984)). Address: Legacy Administration, PO Box 6, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 6WG
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