Leave a Lasting Legacy

Your Legacy - A promise you can keep forever
A simple inspiring gift - modest or large - in your will could change the lives of families facing homelessness and continue the legacy of care and dedication that Sr Stan began.

Once you’ve taken care of family and friends in your will, you can leave a truly memorable and inspiring legacy – a modest or large gift – that will keep on giving and changing lives of generations of vulnerable families and individuals facing homelessness.

Find out in our Legacy Booklet why so many Irish people – with years of living still to do – are now planning to give well beyond their lifetime. And how, inspired by the vision and passion of Sr. Stan, our founder, many people are choosing to leave a loving gift in their will to support people who are homeless to find refuge, security and a place they can call home.

 

Your loving gift can change lives

“I was someone who needed help over two decades ago. All the problems just hit at the same time. Suddenly – I was in total shock – my two kids and me had nowhere to go. I had never thought I’d be someone without a home. Focus Ireland was there for us. The right place, the right people, the right time. I’ll never forget what they did. They saved our lives. Today my son is in college and my daughter is working. That’s why I’m determined to leave something in my will for future generations like me.”

Gina O Brien, Focus Ireland Customer.

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Focus Ireland was there for us. The right place, the right people, the right time. I’ll never forget what they did. They saved our lives.

How to Leave a Legacy

It’s so easy to leave a gift in your will – There are 4 simple ways:

Having a Will ensures that what you own goes directly to the people and causes you care most about. If, like many of our supporters, you chose to remember Focus Ireland in your Will, we are honoured and want to say a heartfelt thank you.

We suggest that you speak to your solicitor to make sure that your wishes can be carried out in the way you would like. We’re always here to answer any questions you may have about including a gift to Focus Ireland.

  1. Pecuniary Gift

A pecuniary gift in a Will is a gift of a specific sum. Remember, any amount, whatever you can afford after family and friends are taken care of, is priceless in the battle to fight homelessness.

I give the sum of €__ to Focus Ireland and I direct that the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of said Organisation shall be proper and sufficient discharge for the same

  1. Residuary Gift

A residuary gift in a Will is a gift of part of an estate. This is a share of your estate that hasn’t been promised to family or friends. These kind of gifts are enormously valuable in supporting our work.

I give to Focus Ireland a fraction (insert fraction) of the residue of my estate, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be a full and sufficient discharge of the same

  1. Specific Item

This is where you generously select a specific item of value like stocks, shares, jewelry, property, the proceeds of a life assurance policy or other valuable items.

I bequeath (the item specified) to Focus Ireland and I direct the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Organisation shall be proper and sufficient discharge for the same

  1. Codicil to a Will

A codicil to a Will is an addition to a will. If you have already written a will but decide you would like to leave a gift for Focus Ireland in your will you can ask a solicitor to add a codicil, or an addition to your original will. A codicil is simple to add and is signed in the same way as your original will, with a witness present and will be added to a permanent part of the will.

Why Leave a Legacy?

  1. Generosity lives beyond life. People give throughout their lives in many ways and simply want to continue that practice of generosity beyond their lifetime.
  2. Caring people want to continue to make a difference. People who care for and about others right now, also want the world to be a better place after they’re gone.
  3. Caring brings reassurance. Many people find personal and, for some, even spiritual reassurance, peace of mind and happiness in the knowledge that they can continue to do good for decades into the future.
  4. You can shape your own wonderful personal legacy. People want to be appropriately remembered for making a significant difference not just in life but after they’re gone. We see everyday how close homelessness is to Irish people’s hearts – one of the country’s most emotional and moving causes.
  5. To forge a sacred contract between the generations. Some people feel strongly that they can help nurture a kind of ‘sacred contract between the generations’ – to continue beyond their passing to be a role model; to encourage others to care; to continue Sr. Stan’s legacy – striving for fairness for those less fortunate.

Legacy Information Brochure

Find out in our Legacy Booklet why so many Irish people – with years of living still to do – are now planning to give well beyond their lifetime. And how, inspired by the vision and passion of Sr. Stan, our founder, many people are choosing to leave a loving gift in their will to support people who are homeless to find refuge, security and a place they can call home.

To download our Legacy Information Brochure, please click here.

In Memory Giving

How to make an In Memory Donation in honour of your loved one:

Making an In Memory donation is a meaningful way to pay tribute to a family member, friend or loved one while giving the greatest gift to those at risk of homelessness – the gift of hope.

As well as sending you a letter of thanks, we can send an In Memory card on your behalf to the family or a nominated recipient.

If you would like to make an In Memory donation and send a card, please call us 01 881 5930 and ask for our Community Team or email us on events@focusireland.ie.

If you wish to donate directly now, you can do so by clicking here: DONATE.

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult life events. By making a gift in their name you are honouring their life, and making a difference to those who are experiencing hardship due to homelessness. Thank you for considering Focus Ireland.

Donations in lieu of flowers or hold a collection

You can make a request that in lieu of flowers at the funeral or memorial service, contributions be made to Focus Ireland. You can let your friends and family know your wishes by including it in any funeral announcements.

An example of this would be:

“We kindly request donations in lieu of flowers to be sent to Focus Ireland, you can donate online here https://www.focusireland.ie/donate/ or by phoning 01 881 5930″. Alternatively you could set up a fundraising page HERE and start an in memory fundraiser in honour of a loved one.

Lawonline Free Wills Programme

Focus Ireland is a charity partner of www.lawonline.ie which was set up to enable people to draft their own legal documents online. By using this website you can draft a wide range of legal documents, including making or amending your Will. As an Focus Ireland supporter we want to offer you the chance to write or amend your Will free of charge using LawOnline’s Will and Codicil online drafting service. Also having made your Will, if you would like it to be reviewed by one of LawOnline’s solicitors, you can avail of this additional service at a significantly reduced fee. You don’t have to include Focus Ireland in your Will to take advantage of this service, but we would love it if you do.

 

How it works

CALL OR EMAIL TO RECEIVE VOUCHER CODE

Simply call Cian Dikker (01 881 5962) or email cian.dikker@focusireland.ie  to receive a voucher code to avail of the offer. We will send you a voucher code which will be valid for at least two months.

 

CLICK

Once you have received your voucher code from us, it’s over to you – click into the appropriate link to make or amend your Will.

 

TO MAKE YOUR WILL

 

Comprehensive Will for A Married Couple or Civil Partner:

Free of charge (from a standard charge of €75) for the online service or (b) a reduced fee €100 (from a standard charge of €130) for the online service with solicitor review.

 

Comprehensive Will for An Unmarried Person:

Free of charge (from a standard charge of €75) for the online service or (b) a reduced fee €100 (from a standard charge of €130) for the online service with solicitor review.

 

Mutual Will for Married Couples or Civil Partnerships:

Free of charge (from a standard charge of €75) for the online service and (b) a reduced fee €100 (from a standard charge of €130) for the online service with solicitor review.

Mirror Will for Married Couples or Civil Partnerships:

Free of charge (from a standard charge of €75) for the online service and (b) a reduced fee €100 (from a standard charge of €130) for the online service with solicitor review.

 

Letter of Wishes:

Free of charge (from a standard charge of €35) for the online service or (b) a reduced fee €40 (from a standard charge of €62) for the online service with solicitor review.

 

TO AMEND YOUR WILL

Amend Your Will to Make a gift to an Irish Charity:

Free of charge (from a standard charge of €15) for the online service and (b) a reduced fee of €15 (from a standard charge of €25) for the online service with solicitor review.

 

Amend Your Will to Make an Additional Gift to an Existing Beneficiary: 

Free of charge (from a standard charge of €25) for the online service and (b) a reduced fee €30 (from a standard charge of €45) for the online service with solicitor review.

 

USEFUL RESOURCES

You may find the following easy-to-read guides and “how-to” videos useful in preparing to make or amend your Will.

 

Law guides

“Making and amending a Will”. 

“Legacy giving”

 

How-to videos

How to draft your Will using LawOnline.

How to make a legacy gift to an Irish charity by codicil.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or want to request an information pack. We would be delighted to assist you on this journey in any way that we can.

Cian Dikker
Legacy Manager
Ph: 01 881 5962
cian.dikker@focusireland.ie

You can also get in touch via our Contact Us page.

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