March is free wills month, when people in the UK over the age of 55 have the opportunity to have a simple will written or updated for free.
The scheme is supported by a range of well-known charities, including the Age UK, British Heart Foundation, Mencap, and The National Trust.
All you have to do is go to the website freewillsmonth.org.uk and enter your details.
Doing so you can find a list of participating solicitors in your area.
Why make a will
Research from insurance company Royal London shows that 54% of UK adult don’t have a will, while 5.4 million adults have no idea where to begin when writing a will.
More worryingly, the research found that 59% of parents do not have a valid will or one that is out of date.
Having an up-to-date will written by a solicitor ensures your wishes are respected when you die. It also avoids difficult decisions and legal complications for your loved ones.
For more, read our guide to why you should write a will.
How Free Wills Month works
To take part you have to be over 55. If you or your partner are making or updating a joint will, one of you must be at least 55 or over.
Once you have made an appointment the solicitor will help to draw up a will that reflects your wishes.
The campaign only covers the writing of simple wills, which will be enough for most people.
However, if your will is more complex the solicitor may ask you to pay an additional fee.
It is worth remembering that appointments are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you do decide to take part, there is no obligation to include a gift to one of the charities in your will.
Free Wills Month runs until 31 March. You can also download a handy will planner from the website, designed to help you prepare for questions the solicitor will ask.
For more information, and where to find a participating solicitor, go to https://freewillsmonth.org.uk.