Free Wills Month 2017: Gosschalks volunteers to write free wills this October

Free Wills Month 2017: Gosschalks volunteers to write free wills this October

This October, our Wills & Probate team will be drawing up free wills in support of Free Wills Month 2017.

What is Free Wills Month?

Free Wills Month is a national will writing initiative held in October.

This year, solicitors from across the UK will offer free, professional advice in the hope that clients will then leave a legacy in their will to one of the Free Wills Month charities.

The aim is to encourage people to complete this vital piece of paperwork and tick it off the to-do list, as well as a chance to raise much-needed funds for charity.

To take advantage of this scheme, the client (or at least one of the client’s if preparing 'mirror wills') must be aged 55 or over, and will be required to complete a confidential declaration form declaring whether they chose to leave a legacy to one of the supported charities in their will.

Although there's no obligation to leave a legacy in your will, to take advantage of this offer clients are encouraged to do so.

Any gifts of money, property or even specific items, such as jewellery or furniture, can be left to one of more of the charities in a client’s will.

Why leave a legacy to a charity in your will?

The purpose of this scheme is to encourage clients to leave a legacy in their will to one of Free Wills Month’s supported charities.

A gift in your will costs nothing in your lifetime, and will make a big difference towards those charities in the future. 

The scheme supports eleven of the UK’s best-loved charities:

  • BlueCross
  • Age UK
  • British Heart Foundation
  • RNLI
  • NSPCC
  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Marie Curie
  • Guide Dogs
  • National Trust
  • Royal British Legion
  • Stroke Association

Why you should make a will

Stephen Walker, Partner and Head of Wills & Probate at Gosschalks, says it’s something that everyone should consider:

“Most people put off making a will because they don’t like to think about death and, although it’s difficult, it is important for the people you leave behind.

“If you don’t leave a will someone else will make the decisions and it might not be what you wanted.

Wills can be made by anyone over the age of 18 and some of the most traumatic cases I deal with are when young people die. If a young person dies it is usually the parents who have to deal with everything.

“The death of a child is difficult enough and I’ve seen it many times where parents can’t deal with the worry of banks, building societies and other arrangements.

“For people who have high value estates, making a will is even more important as they tend to spread their estate to other family members and friends.

“The only way to ensure those gifts are made is to put it in a will because the law will decide who gets what and when.”

Thinking of writing a will? Talk to us

Get in touch today to book an appointment this October and help raise funds for charity at the same time.

Please call Reece Thompson on 01482 324252.

Making a will is one of the most important decisions you’ll make to ensure peace of mind and protect your loved ones in the future.

You can find out more about how we can help you here:

Download the free will planner 

The Free Wills Month will planner will help you prepare for your appointment with your solicitor. 

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