If you would like to leave a bequest to charity but need to ensure that relatives or close friends are provided for during their lifetimes, there is a simple way to achieve both aims. Your solicitor can explain how someone can receive an income or benefit from your estate in their lifetime and then, when this is no longer needed, the remainder can be passed to charity. Or you can divide your estate into units and gift any number of these parts/ units or percentage of your estate to family friends and good cause.