Legacies: The Hope for a Better World
The arms trade causes immense suffering across the world, but because of YOUR support, CAAT has been able to work towards ending. CAAT’s campaigning and legal cases have been pivotal in our work and are funded by generous supporters such as yourself and because of you, we have been able to:
- halt the government’s sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia for us in bombing Yemen
- support activists to force arms fairs from our cities
- expose the clandestine and heinous reality of the global arms trade and strengthen the data
- held the UK Government accountable for it’s support of the arms trade and the role it plays in perpetuating abuses of human rights
- join international organisations in calling on the International Criminal Court in the Hague to investigate both the executives of transnational arms companies as well as Government officials for their potential complicity in violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen
In choosing to therefore leave CAAT a legacy, however big or small, you will be helping to ensure that our work doesn’t stop and we can continue to strive to end the arms trade for good.
The How’s and Why’s:
Why leave a legacy
Leaving a gift in your Will to the causes that you hold dear permits peace of mind, knowing that your family aren’t faced with having to consider who you would have chosen to support nor are they burdened with legal fees nor Inheritance Tax.
You are able to ensure that YOU have final say – and not the government nor your friends and family – in how your money is spent, in honouring your life and the causes you believe in.
How to leave a legacy
The gifts, money and possessions that you chose to leave to loved ones and organisations are known as “legacies”. You can leave a legacy in one of three ways:
1. Leave a specific legacy: leaving a specific item such as a piece of jewellery, stocks or shares
I give to Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) of Unit 4, 5-7 Wells Terrace, London N4 3JU, absolutely, the (stipulate the exact item), and I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or any other proper officer of CAAT to discharge to my executors.
2. Leave a pecuniary legacy: leaving a stipulated and fixed sum of money
I give to Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) of Unit 4, 5-7 Wells Terrace, London N4 3JU, absolutely, the sum (amount in figures, amount in words), and I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or any other proper officer of CAAT to discharge to my executors.
3. Leave a residuary legacy: once you have left money for your loved ones, leave a percentage of the remainder to the other causes that you hold dear
I give all/a share of (please state fraction/percentage) of the residue of my estate, absolutely to Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) of Unit 4, 5-7 Wells Terrace, London N4 3JU, and I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or any other proper officer of CAAT to discharge to my executors.
4 Simple Steps once you’ve drawn up your Will (that includes all your final wishes):
1. Have it signed in front of two witnesses (they can be strangers)
2. Have both witnesses also sign (neither witness must be a beneficiary of your Will)
3. Choose two ‘executors’ who will ‘execute’ your wishes. They can be family members who may also be beneficiaries of your Will or a lawyer or your bank (both will charge a fee) and let them know where you’re keeping your Will.
4. Use a Codicil form to make amendment and inclusions to your Will throughout your lifetime so that you’re not faced with having to re-write it. CAAT would be happy to send you a Codicil form
To discuss anything that you’ve read or for more information or guidance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org