Supporting UK Merchant Navy Seafarers and Their Families

Supporting UK Merchant Navy Seafarers and Their Families

Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate that leaving a gift in your Will is a very personal matter and a very important decision. We have answered several Frequently Asked Questions below, but if you would like to find out more about leaving a legacy to the Merchant Navy Fund, please telephone us on 020 7932 0000 or e-mail mnfund@seafarers.uk.

How can I leave a legacy to the Merchant Navy Fund?

It is not expensive to make a Will, nor is it too complicated or time consuming, but it is important that it is executed properly. A ‘home made’ Will may be sufficient in a simple case, but it is best to go to a solicitor and get reliable professional advice to suit your own circumstances.

When you are drawing up your Will, we would of course recommend that you make adequate provision for your family, before considering making a charitable gift. Your solicitor will also be able to advise you about this.

Your legacy should be left to Merchant Navy Fund (administered by Seafarers UK) of 8 Hatherley Street, London SW1P 2QT.

The Merchant Navy Fund is a registered charity in England & Wales, No. 226446, incorporated under Royal Charter. Registered in Scotland SC038191.

Where could I find a solicitor to write my Will?

We recommend that a Will is written by a qualified professional. Our partners McClure Solicitors have a network of offices throughout the UK, to offer you a free Will preparation, review and Power of Attorney services. All you need to do is consider making a donation to help support the work of the Merchant Navy Fund, but there is no obligation to do so.

How much does writing a Will cost?

The cost of writing a Will depends on its complexity and solicitors can provide estimates on request. The Merchant Navy Fund have partnered with McClure Solicitors – who have a network of offices throughout the UK – to offer you a free Will preparation, review and Power of Attorney services. All you need to do is consider making a donation to help support the work of the Merchant Navy Fund, but there is no obligation to do so.

Do I have enough money to leave a gift in my Will for the Merchant Navy Fund?

It is a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will, but nothing could be further from the truth. Every gift, no matter how big or small, goes towards supporting UK Merchant Navy seafarers and their families in need and every gift is important to us and the work that we do.

Should I let the Merchant Navy Fund know I’ve left a gift in my Will?

We understand that writing a Will is a very personal matter. If you feel comfortable speaking about your intentions, we would love to be able to thank you, but if you don’t want to tell us, please know you have our eternal gratitude.

Make your Will free of charge with the Merchant Navy Fund’s partners, McClure Solicitors

To find out more about the free services offered by McClure Solicitors or to make an appointment please visit their website, call 0800 852 1999 or email contactus@mcclure-solicitors.co.uk quoting 'Merchant Navy Fund'.

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