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Free Wills Fortnight
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Over 50s Money Saving
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This is a fantastic scheme, though sadly a bit lacking for those in the South East.
Why do you need a will?
If you die without one, your money, assets, property will automatically pass in a way directed by law, not your choice. This can mean the wrong thing going to the wrong person and much more going to the tax man (see Inheritance Tax MoneySaving Article)
What is Free Wills Fortnight?
Between 18 and 31 May you can make an appointment to see one of many solicitors across the country who will draft you a will at no charge provided you're over 55, and instead will ask for a donation to one of 10 charities. The actual appointment can be after this fortnight provided you've made the appointment by 31 May.
How much should I donate?
If you do make an appointment then you'll be asked to make a donation to charity though this isn't forced and there's no fixed price. In a relatively similar scheme called Will Aid the suggested amount was £65, which is still a lot cheaper than getting a will drafted. But of course you can pay what you like; if you cannot afford it, don't worry, there really is no need to pay anything at all.
What are the Charities?
Ten charities are involved; Breakthrough Breast Cancer, National Osteoporosis Society, Age Concern, the RNLI, Shelter, Barnardos, the Royal British Legion, RNID, the Blue Cross and the Mental Health Foundation.
Why would a solicitor do it for free?
First and formost like many other indiduals, to support charity. However, it's also a good way of encouraging people who have never been before to walk into a solicitors office, and they may well gain new clients in the long run because of it.
How do I find a solicitor near me doing it
That's easy, at this point I pass you over to the official website. www.freewillsfortnight.org.uk/which has all the info. Once there simply click on "Find a solicitor" at the top of the page and you'll see the list of participating solicitors in the various regions.
Back to the orginal post
Free Wills Fortnight for the over 55's http://www.freewillsfortnight.org.uk/
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