Free Wills Month is back in October Free Wills Month brings together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple Wills written or updated free of charge by using participating solicitors in selected locations across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. An up to date Will written by a solicitor ensures your wishes are respected. It also avoids difficult decisions and legal complications for your loved ones. Free Wills Month allows you to provide for family and friends and leave a gift to your chosen charities too.
Using a solicitor to write your will
Wills - State Trustees VIC
If you are a Unite member in Scotland, click here to find out more about the legal support available to you and to find details of your local office. It is easy to assume that your property and possessions will automatically pass to your loved ones when you die, but sadly this is not always the case. For example, the Rules of Intestacy make no provision for unmarried and unregistered partners. This means that on Intestacy, the surviving partner will not automatically inherit any of the property and possessions owned in the sole name of the deceased. Similarly, the rules only recognise natural and adopted children, and so do not acknowledge step-children. As you can imagine, this situation can lead to complications for your loved ones when they come to sorting your affairs. This is a web-based service and you can access it here.
Will writing services – pros and cons
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A will is a legal document that sets out how you want the things you own to be distributed when you die. This could be very different from what you wanted or intended to happen. A will only takes effect after you have died. If you want someone to look after or make decisions about your finances while you are still alive but become unable to do this yourself you will need to make a power of attorney.