Would you like a to have a professionally prepared Will for free, gratis, nada, nothing? Well, you can, but you need to act quickly
by Martin Malone
This month we are taking part in #freewillsmonth, supporting some of the UK’s best-loved charities, while giving you the opportunity to create or update your Will for free.
Who is eligible?
Free Wills Month brings together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple Wills written or updated free of charge by using participating solicitors in locations across England, Scotland and Wales. We are proud to be a participating partner for these excellent charities.
What if I’m not 55 or over?
We can still make your standard, professionally prepared will for a low fixed fee of £145 plus VAT* or mirror wills for £245 plus VAT*. You can leave a legacy to one of the charities if you want to but that is entirely up to you.
How does it work?
Members of the public aged 55 and over contact us during the designated month to request an appointment.
Expert solicitor Candice Jones will help you to draw up a Will that accurately reflects the wishes of the individual or couple. Those taking up the offer are under no obligation to leave a gift to one of the Free Wills Month charities, however, we really hope that many will see this as a chance to help their favourite cause.
Appointments are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Once all available appointments are booked the campaign will close. This may be before the end of the campaigning month (March 2021).
What about Coronavirus and appointments?
We can take instructions online and get everything ready for you. When it comes to signing and witnessing the Will there are special procedures in place and we will make sure that all the legal requirements are adhered to.
Which are the participating charities?
- Guide Dogs
- Marie Curie
- Age UK
- British Heart Foundation
- Royal British Legion
- Versus Arthritis
- Stroke Association
- The Salvation Army
- Diabetes UK
- RNLI – Lifeboats
- Blue Cross (for pets)
Now is the time to act
Many people put off making a Will for perfectly understandable reasons – I’m too young, it doesn’t affect me, I don’t have any significant assets, it won’t make any difference, I don’t want to think about it, I don’t have children. However, you will die (let’s face it), and someone will have to deal with it. If you make a Will, that will make things massively easier for that person and you will have the peace of mind that they can deal with your estate in the way that you would want it, particularly if you have children. Now is the time to get it done or to make an update, particularly if it costs you nothing or, if you are under 55, for an affordable fixed fee. If you don’t mind me putting it bluntly, think about who will have to deal with it.
*VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%.