Today marks the start of ‘Free Wills Month’, which means some aged 55 and over can get a will written or updated for free.
Having a will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. It can also ensure you don’t pay more inheritance tax than you need to.
Die without a will, and the law decides who gets what under intestacy rules.
See our guide for more on Why you need a will.
So what is Free Wills Month?
Free Wills Month is a campaign backed by a group of charities including Age UK, Marie Curie and Oxfam. Under it, those aged 55 and over can go to freewillsmonth.org.uk, enter their details, and find a list of participating solicitors.
You’ll need to contact one to request an appointment. The solicitor will then draw up or update a will for free.
Appointments are on a first come first served basis, so book quickly to guarantee yourself a spot.
Can anyone get a free will?
Those aged 55 and over can take part in the campaign.
This time round it’s available at participating solicitors firms in the following locations: Blackpool, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Chesterfield, Chichester, Coventry, Crawley, Darlington, Eastbourne, Essex, Greater London, Harrogate, Hastings, Kent, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northampton, Peterborough, Sheffield, Sunderland, Swansea, Wolverhampton, Worthing, Wirral and Wrexham.
Is it really free?
The service is free for simple wills. If your will is more complicated, the solicitor may ask you to pay the balance yourself.
There is also no obligation to leave a gift to one of the Free Wills Month charities, although it’s hoped that you will, as this is why they support the free service.