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Some questions and answers about Concern’s free Will writing offer through the National Free Wills Network.
What is the National Free Wills Network?
The Network is a programme comprising a group of charities and hundreds of solicitors across the UK working together to give supporters of the participating charities the chance to make or update a simple Will for free.
The Network conforms to relevant regulations of the Law Societies of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the charity regulatory authorities and the Institute of Fundraising.
Who pays for my Will?
Concern pays a highly discounted rate offered by participating solicitors to members of the National Free Wills Network for simple Wills written for our known supporters. As a Concern supporter, you can make or update a simple Will at no cost through this easy service.
Please note that the offer only applies to simple Wills, or mirror Wills for couples, as defined by the solicitor. If your Will proves more complex or if you require additional work such as tax advice, setting up trusts, drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney, etc. you will be asked to pay the difference in cost but the simple element will remain free.
If I use the Network, will I have to leave a gift to Concern in my Will?
You are under no obligation to include Concern, or any other charity, in your Will. However, if you kindly decide to leave a gift of any size to Concern you can be confident that we will endeavour to use it in the most effective and efficient way, and that it will make a lasting difference to the people and communities we work with.
Why is Concern offering this free Will writing service?
Every year gifts left to Concern in Wills enable us to carry out life-saving work that reaches millions of the world’s poorest people, providing them with the opportunity to free themselves from a life of hunger for good. Without these amazing gifts, much of this vital work would just not be possible.
By running this service we hope our supporters will benefit from the peace of mind that comes from knowing that, with an up-to-date Will, your loved ones are provided for and they won’t be left with difficult legal and financial matters to sort out.
We also hope that, if you do decide to make or amend your Will using this free service, you will consider remembering Concern and the people whose lives we help transform each year.
How do I apply for the free Will writing service and what happens next?
- To register your interest in this free service please call our Gifts in Wills Care Team on 0800 032 4001 or email [email protected].
- We will pass on your details to the National Free Wills Network, who will send you an information pack with details of your nearest solicitors. You can rest assured that the Free Wills Network will not share your details with anyone else.
- Contact your chosen solicitor to make your appointment, ensuring you mention the National Free Wills Network.
- You have your appointment with your solicitor, your Will is written according to your instructions and you complete a confidential declaration form.
- Concern pays for your simple Will or mirror Wills at a discounted rate.
If I already have a Will, why do I need a new one?
You may not need to make any changes to your Will at this time, but keeping it up to date is very important. This ensures any changes in your life which may affect its content and beneficiaries are reflected, and your wishes are properly represented. For example, if you get married or divorced, have new additions to the family, retire, receive an inheritance, buy new property, etc., you may want to review your appointed executors or guardians and reconsider who you want to benefit from your estate and how you want to leave your affairs.
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Important note about the Will writing service
Any solicitor you are referred to as part of the National Free Wills Network is an independent professional from whom you will receive impartial and confidential advice. All Network solicitors are members of their relevant Law Society. Inclusion of a firm of solicitors in the Network does not imply a recommendation by Concern Worldwide.
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