Enable’s IFAs in Bishop’s Stortford know how important you have a will in place to ensure your family is looked after financially when you die 55% of us haven’t written a will, including nearly a third of people aged over 55. Two-thirds of unmarried couples don’t have a will, which is of particular concern as unmarried people don’t automatically inherit from their partner unless they owned property together.
Every March and October there is a real opportunity to sort out your will. It’s Free Wills Month in which anyone aged 55 or over can have a basic will drawn-up by a solicitor for free in return for a charitable donation. 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 the UK.
Alternatively, every November, Will Aid works with solicitors in the UK to run National Make A Will Month. This scheme also has solicitors up and down the country donating their time and support for charity which means you don’t have to pay to have a will drawn up.
Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK’s best-loved charities. Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic Will. Instead, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. With Will Aid, everyone benefits. You get a professionally drawn-up Will and peace of mind, while the charities receive much-needed donations for their vital work.
Or if your financial affairs are straightforward you could simply write your will yourself using a DIY kit from your local stationers. Even for hardly any cash, you will generally be able to select from a range of pre-formatted templates.