Deal of the week: Get a free will written for you in March

Published by Stephen Little on 01 March 2019.
Last updated on 01 March 2019

Moneywise users update wills after important milestones, but a third don’t have one

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More worryingly, the research found that 59% of parents do not have a valid will or one that is out of date.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.

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The charity wills are not

The charity wills are not free as advertised as solicitors charge for the charities, you save the VAT, they don't put the same effort into them as they do if charging their fees. Lucky them who are given guaranteed pension credits as they can get a will done by a solicitor for FREE even though they get almost £165 a week like other pensioners on the new state pension who have paid in full credits, those who have paid in don't get all the extra freebies.