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7. For executors and solicitors

If you are administering a will that includes a gift to St John’s Hospice, you may have some questions. This section is specifically for executors and solicitors.

We hope you will find the answers below, but if you don’t, please contact our Legacies Officer on [email protected] or telephone 01524 382538.

Paying a Gift

All gifts in wills are looked after by our Legacies Officer who is based in the fundraising team at the hospice. The Legacies Officer and our Head of Finance  are the only people authorised to give a proper receipt and discharge to executors.

You can send a cheque payable to ‘St John’s Hospice’ to:

The Legacies Officer
St John’s Hospice
Slyne Road
Lancaster
LA2 6ST

Or if you want to make a payment by other means please  email [email protected]

information needed

We understand this process can be complicated, and a little daunting if you haven’t done it before. We will be really grateful if you can include the information below:

  • The full name and title of the deceased
  • Their last address
  • The date of death
  • The executor’s name and contact details
  • Any information about the reason for the legacy

It is also good practice for an executor to notify beneficiaries as soon as possible.

In the case of charities, this will enable them to amend their records to ensure that future mailings are not sent out to the deceased if they had been a supporter. We know that such things can be distressing.

Collection of items

Sometimes people leave items such as furniture and clothes to us. We are happy to discuss the possibility of collecting these items. We have a chain of fantastic charity shops where we can sell items that have been left to St John’s. For more valuable or unique items we are able to sell them through eBay, and items of value or special interest such as stamp collections and artwork, are valued and sold with the help of professional auctioneers or retail specialists. In such instances, we would make special arrangements to arrange collection or delivery.

If you need any further information, simply get in touch with our our Legacies Officer. You can ring the hospice on 01524 382538 or email [email protected]

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