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03/03/2020
It’s Free Wills Month, your chance to get a will written or upgraded for free. Here's what you need to know about the campaign.

Getting a will written is often a job that gets put off but it’s important. If you want your money and possessions to be passed onto the right people when you die, you should make one as soon as possible.

This month, you can get it done for free if you’re 55 or over. Free Wills Month is a campaign that happens in March and October, offering people the chance to get a solicitor-drafted will for no fee.

Solicitor firms all over the UK participate in the campaign- visit the Free Wills Month website to find a solicitor in your area.

Here’s what else you need to know:

Do I qualify for a free will?

You qualify if you are 55 or over or in the case of couples making a ‘mirror’ will, one of you is 55 and over.

What do I need to do?

Visit the Free Wills Month website to find a participating solicitor.  Appointments are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once all available appointments are booked the campaign will close.

Is there really no fee?

The solicitor will waive their fee, which for a simple will is usually around £150. But you’re encouraged to make a donation to one of the Free Wills Month charities. You’re under no obligation to do so though.

If your will is more complicated, the solicitor may ask you to pay extra.

What about if I’m under 55?

Another initiative, Will Aid, which has no age limit, could be an option if you don’t qualify for Free Wills Month. It launches in November but you can apply for an appointment now.

Participating solicitors draw up a basic will for clients without charging their usual fee. Instead, clients are invited to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid, which supports nine charities including NSPCC, Save the Children and British Red Cross.

 

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