When drawing up a will, solicitors are sometimes told that the testator would like the will to indicate that his or her brain should be used for medical research. Usually, however, the reading of the will occurs much too late to allow this to occur.

Solictors should therefore encourage people who express this wish, to contact a registered UK brain bank rather than include the request in their will. Contact with the brain bank will allow appropriate arrangements to be made for the donation to take place, in a manner that does not delay the funeral, cause any disfigurement or inconvenience to the family, and allows the family to respect the wishes of the donor after his or her death.