Where there's a will, there's a way

Making a will can be a big step, but there are lots of reasons to take it. You might want to legally state where your money and the things you own should go when you die. Or you may want to say who will take care of your children.

Without a will, you can't make sure things will go to the people you would like them to go to.

But many of us don't have a will or feel we can't afford to pay for one.

Only one quarter of parents with children under 10 years old have made a will, research by consumer group Which? shows.

Get your free will this month

You can make a will at any time. Charity-based schemes run throughout the year.

March 2016 is Free Wills Month. Participating solicitors write your will free of charge—and you're invited to give to charity. Free Wills Month is for anyone aged 55 or older in England and Wales.

Other schemes include Will Aid Month. Each November, anyone in the UK who wants a basic will can apply.

To learn about other will-writing schemes, visit Money Saving Expert.

Wills – the choice is yours

At Legal Choices, we have answers to some of the big questions around wills. How do I make a will? Who can write my will? How much should I pay for a will?

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Your Comments

Sonia donegan says:

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 18:44
It’s being said that the charity doesn’t receive the full amount of the bequest. The solicitor takes 10%. Is this correct?

Legal Choices says:

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 10:28

In reply to by Sonia donegan

Hi Sonia

Thanks for your question. The exact nature of bequests that people may make to a charity as part of their will are down to the person to state during the will-writing phase, so there is no automatic percentage deducted for a solcitor. This applies also to wills written as part of Free Wills Month and there is no obligation to make a bequest.

Arrangements for other services, such as a solicitor acting as the executor of a will, may carry a charge but this will be discussed and agreed between the solicitor and the customer in each case.

Many thanks
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