What is Free Wills Month?
We all want to leave a positive legacy for future generations, don’t we? But wouldn’t it be nice if the legal part was free? Well this March, it is.
Free Wills Month offers members of the public over 55 the chance to have their simple wills written or updated, free of charge, by using participating solicitors in selected areas across England, Scotland and Wales.
You may choose to leave Versus Arthritis a gift in your will and support long term research to end the pain of arthritis. But you are under no obligation to do so.
Crucially, an up to date will means your wishes are respected and your loved ones are spared tough choices and legal disputes at a difficult time. This March, that peace of mind is available to you for free.
Where can I get my will written or updated?
Blackpool, Chesterfield, Coventry, Crawley/Horsham, Eastbourne, Essex, Hastings, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Chichester/Worthing, Darlington, Harrogate, Kent, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Sheffield, Wirral, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Perth, London – locations within the M25 including Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey.
Places are limited so please visit www.freewillsmonth.org.uk or call 0345 686 4309 for a list of participating solicitors in your area as soon as possible.
How do I take part in Free Wills Month?
If you're aged 55 or over:
- Visit www.freewillsmonth.org.uk or call 0345 686 4309 for a list of local solicitors near you who can help you make or update your Will for free.
- Make your appointment with your chosen solicitor in March, quoting Free Wills Month. Places are limited so please contact your solicitor as soon as you get their contact details. Your appointment can be after March, you just need to book it during the month.
- Versus Arthritis will cover the cost of your Will. But if it's more complex, you can arrange to pay the solicitor for any extra work required.
What happens during the appointment?
Your solicitor will help to draw up a simple or mirror Will that reflects your wishes (and your partner’s, in the case of a mirror Will). They'll ask you some questions to make sure everything's covered. But it'll help if you've thought about who you'd like to have your house and belongings – and whether you'd like to include a gift to your favourite charities.
Do I have to include a gift for Versus Arthritis?
You're under no obligation to include Versus Arthritis in your Will, but if you do wish to, your gift would be very much appreciated and will help to change the future for people living with arthritis. Gifts in Wills are our most vital source of income.
Why should I make a Will?
It’s important to make a Will so that your loved ones are taken care of and your wishes are carried out.
If you don’t make a Will, or if your Will isn't up to date and doesn't reflect your current circumstances, your next of kin or other family members may not benefit. You might want to update your Will if you’ve had a major life event – for example you've got married, had a baby or had grandchildren.
Why should I leave a gift to Versus Arthritis?
We believe that by harnessing the power of exceptional science we can overcome the pain, isolation and fatigue arthritis causes.
We fund world-leading research, provide information for people living with arthritis and campaign to improve care. We can only do this with the support of the public and the generosity of our donors, including those people who leave us a gift in their Will.
By including a gift to Versus Arthritis, you'll help us change the lives of people with arthritis and prevent future generations from experiencing the devastating effects of arthritis.
My question isn’t here, who can I talk to?
If you have any other questions, please contact our Legacy team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 790 0444.