Free Wills Month October 2014

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I’ve just spotted this¬†item¬†on the Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert¬†website that may be of interest if you need to get your affairs in order and you live in the areas covered by the scheme in England or Wales. The link also includes useful information on why we should all make a will as people make assumptions about what happens if someone passes away¬†without having made one. Every October it’s Free Wills Month. It offers; as the name suggests; free wills. But to get one you must be 55 or over, and it also tours the country.

In October 2014, solicitors in 28 towns/cities & counties are taking part: Birmingham, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bristol,  Chester, Cornwall, Derby, Exeter, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Kingston  Upon Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes, North  Wales, Norwich, Nottingham, Plymouth, Preston, Shropshire, Stockport,  Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Torquay and Wakefield. You need to enter your postcode on the Free Wills Month website. It will then come up with any solicitors in your area that are taking part where you can book your Free Wills appointment.

This is an opportunity for you to get a free will, drafted by a solicitor. Normally, you could pay ¬£100 or more (plus VAT) for even the simplest will. The scheme covers simple wills.¬†If your affairs are complex, your solicitor is likely to ask you to pay a contribution to cover the extra time he or she spends writing your will. They would¬†advise you of this before they drafted a will for you.¬†Charities back the scheme, so be prepared for your solicitor to ask you to consider making a bequest to your favourite¬†charity in your will (leaving the charity something when you die.) It’s hoped that you do do this;¬†as the charities are in effect paying for the will writing; but you’re under no obligation to make a bequest. My Life Pack personal organiser is just the thing to help you manage your paperwork and admin and manage your life so we hope you like reading our hints and tips on this blog.