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Write or update your Will for free

Write or update your Will for free today and help bring hope to future generations of seriously ill children like Anaiah-Grace.

Gifts left to the charity in people’s Wills have been helping children like Anaiah-Grace, who was diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial disorder which affects her muscles, including her heart.

Any gift left to the charity in a Will, no matter how large or small, will help us to fund pioneering research and state-of-the-art equipment, rebuild and refurbish wards and facilities, and provide child and family support services at the hospital. Once you’ve taken care of your loved ones, a gift of just 5% of your estate could transform a child’s life.

We’ve teamed up with two Will-writing services that are simple and free for you to write a straightforward Will.

1. Local participating solicitor

You can now write or update your Will for free with a local participating solicitor. To request your free Will pack please contact The National Free Wills Network: Call: 0800 011 2030 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm) Email: [email protected]

2. Specialist Will-writing service

You can now use our specialist FREE Will-writing service (England and Wales only) by choosing either a home-visit, video or telephone appointment. To book an appointment with The Goodwill Partnership:

  • Call: 01492 510340
  • Text: GOODWILL10 to 60777
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Visit: www.thegoodwillpartnership.co.uk/gosh/

Once your appointment is completed you will receive your Will from one of The Goodwill Partnership’s independent qualified solicitors. Quote GOSH Charity for your free Will-writing service.

A legacy donation

With any of the services, there’s no obligation to leave a gift in your Will to GOSH Charity. We hope you’ll be inspired to kindly leave a legacy donation to the hospital.

Beyond use an in-house legal expert to double check every Will. The National Free Wills Network and The Goodwill Partnership only use solicitors in good standing with the Law Society of England and Wales, who are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

If you need more information about our free Will-writing services, please read our frequently asked questions.

More information

If you need to get in touch about the administration of an estate or pay a legacy gift please email [email protected]

Speak to our Supporter Services Team about leaving a gift in your Will to GOSH Charity by emailing [email protected]

If you are organising a funeral collection or donations in memory, please email [email protected] or call 0203 841 3131.

Free wills month – March & October 2022

If you’re over the age of 55 and haven’t yet got around to writing a will, there is no better time to make one than during ‘Free Wills Month 2022′.
But what is it? What months do solicitors and online wills service providers do free wills? And how does it all work?

From your initial enquiry all the way through to your final signature, this guide will explain all there is to know about Free Wills Month, how it could save you hundreds of pounds and how making a will helps secure the long-term financial security of your loved ones and your hard-earned estate in the process.

What is ‘Free Wills Month’?

Free Wills Month is a campaign designed to raise money for various participating charities, where will writers across England, Scotland and Wales come together to offer individuals over the age of 55 a free will-writing service.

Customers can choose to either write a will or update an existing one at no cost, in the hope that a small gift (typically around £300 from your estate upon death) will be written in the will as a gift to charity.

The donation is by no means obligatory and can be opted against; however, it is sincerely hoped that those benefiting from the free will service will make a donation.

Who is Free Wills Month for?

The Free Wills Month campaign is available for anybody over the age of 55. If you’re looking to write or update a joint will, only one of the individuals needs to be over 55.

When is Free Wills Month 2022?

Free Wills Month comes around twice every single year: in March and October.

Appointments for free wills in March and October are limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis – in some cases, the campaign will reach completion before the end of the month, so be sure to make a start as soon as possible.

Do I need a will?

While a will is not a legal requirement, it is highly advised that everybody should have one.

Whether you own a small selection of assets or a multi-million pound estate, writing a will can significantly reduce the chance of your loved ones experiencing complications during the probate process after death, while it also helps to ensure that loved ones receive the inheritance that they deserve.

While you can write a will for free during Free Wills Month, you can also utilise our online will making service at any time and on any device, with access to our helpful team of advisors in case you need any guidance.

Free Wills Month – Participating solicitors – March & October 2022

There are only a select few towns and cities which participate in Free Wills Month each campaign and not every will writing solicitor or online service takes part.

The towns and cities offering the service during the March Free Wills Month (2022) include:

  • Bolton
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Chelmsford
  • Cheltenham/Gloucester
  • Chester/North Wales
  • Colchester
  • Cornwall
  • Derby
  • Exeter
  • Huddersfield
  • Ipswich
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Lincolnshire
  • Milton Keynes
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Plymouth
  • Preston
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Shropshire
  • Stockport
  • Swansea
  • Torquay
  • Wakefield

Will writing solicitors/services near me

To find out exactly where your closest will writing solicitor/service is located, enter your details into the Free Wills Month website.

You can also get in touch with us to see how we can help you with your will during free wills month.

Which charities can I donate to?

The charities supported by Free Wills Month vary with every campaign, and most charities in the UK are dependent on receiving gifts in wills as they make up to 50% of their income.

Some of the charities which are frequently featured on Free Wills Month campaigns include:

  • Mind
  • Guide Dogs
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Age UK
  • National Trust
  • NSPCC
  • Tenovus Cancer Care
  • Marie Curie

How much does it cost to make a will normally?

Outside of Free Wills Month, the price of making a will can often cost in excess of £150 elsewhere.

If you’re wondering where to get a will outside of Free Wills Month, it is easier than you think. Outside of Free Wills Month our single wills starting at only £29.99, we are an affordable will writing service that allows you to make a will online with the help and support of trained legal experts. Also if you are an employee of the NHS in England and Wales, you can benefit from discounted service rate.

You can find our standard fees and online will pricing here.

How to get involved with Free Wills Month

Arranging to write a will during Free Wills Month is easy – either use ‘FreeBasicWill2022‘ at the checkout during March or October to make your free basic will with us or simply visit the Free Wills Month website and enter your details (name, postcode and email address) to find your closest participating solicitor. You will then be provided with the relevant contact details which can be used to get in touch and arrange an appointment.

Is there a catch to Free Wills Month?

There is no ‘catch’ as such, but it is clearly stated that both the participating solicitor and non-profit organization hope that you will leave a gift to charity in your will. This gift is not obligatory and, if you decide to donate, doesn’t have to be significant – many solicitors and online will writing services usually charge around £150 for their services, so you might decide to match this fee as a donation.

Any donation you make is not paid when you write your will, but is deducted from your estate when you die.

Complex wills

If, after a discussion, your estate is deemed to be particularly complicated, you might be charged a fee for the additional time taken to plan and write your will.

Free wills in the UK are only available for ‘simple’ or ‘basic’ wills, which, for most people, will be enough. However, for those wishing to leave a gift to step-children or an unmarried partner, a ‘simple’ will might not suffice. If this is the case for you, it may be worth considering a more cost-effective will making service such as Wills.Services and avoid those hefty solicitors fees.

Affordable Life planning with Wills.Services

Whether you are looking to create a basic will for free during October or a paid-for service that covers your needs and situation, at some point in your life, there will come a time where you need to begin planning for what will happen when you pass away.

From writing your will to choosing an executor, the professional and experienced team at Wills.Services can help you prepare for the future of your estate and loved ones at an affordable price, including how to avoid Inheritance Tax and much more.

Trusts

If you want to put some money aside for a specific reason, setting up a trust can help you do so in an orderly fashion.

Lasting Power of Attorney

If you are unable to manage your own affairs, an LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) appoints someone of your choosing to do it for you.

Free Will Service

Our Free Will Service allows anyone 18+ to easily write or update a simple Will for free.

Most people who use the service pledge a gift to Cancer Research UK. Their support is helping to beat cancer for future generations.

How you can write your Will with us

If you require an urgent Will, highlight this at the earliest opportunity when you speak to any of our Will-writing providers.

Find your local solicitor

Write or update your Will with one of our nationwide partnered solicitors.

Most of our solicitors can offer guidance over the phone, please contact the firm for more information.

Online

Write your Will in 30 minutes with professional support from Farewill. Available to supporters in England and Wales. Use code ‘CRUKFREE‘ at checkout.

Start your Will online with Co-op Legal Services and and get a follow-up call to discuss and finalise your Will. Available in England and Wales.

If you are based in Scotland, start your Will online with Wills by Brodies and get a follow up call to discuss and finalise your Will.

Over the phone

Create your simple Will over the phone with Co-op Legal Services. Available to supporters in England and Wales.

Call 0330 606 9627

Ensuring your Will is valid

There are certain requirements that a Will must meet, to ensure it is valid.

  • Your Will must be on paper, a ‘soft’ copy of your Will on a computer is not valid
  • Your Will must be signed by you, in the presence of two witnesses, who also sign your Will in your presence
  • These witnesses can be anyone over 18, neither can be a beneficiary of your Will, nor the spouse or civil partner of a beneficiary of your Will
  • These witnesses do not need to read your Will or be aware of its contents

Find more information on the Citizens Advice website here.

Administering a Will or paying in donations

Email or phone us if you have questions around administering a Will or want to pay in a donation.

Phone: 020 3469 8797

Legal guidance after a diagnosis

We understand that planning your affairs, particularly after a significant change in your health, can be an overwhelming time, especially with all the various legal tasks to consider, which can leave people unsure of where to begin. That’s why Cancer Research UK are offering the Legal Guidance Service to people organising their legal affairs. We’re working with a team of trusted solicitors to help guide you through these tasks, making the process as simple and easy as possible. Anyone using our service will get a free 60-minute consultation with a solicitor, will be able to write a simple Will for free and will also get a discount towards other legal services they may require.

As this is a brand new service for Cancer Research UK, our face-to-face service is only running in limited areas at the moment. If you would like the Legal Guidance Service to be available in your area in the future, let us know. We have now also launched a virtual service which is available across England and Wales.