Free will writing service for over 55's via Cancer Research UK
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Free will writing service for over 55's via Cancer Research UK

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Found 5th Dec 2012
Cancer Research UK are offering a free will service at selected solicitors for over 55's.

It's being done to encourage people to leave some of their estate to Cancer Research (no matter how little, every donation helps) but there is no obligation to do so.

The service is available online or you can arrange an appointment at your nearest participating solicitor.

Terms and conditions:
- You must be over 55.
- The service is subject to a maximum agreed limit, please check with your solicitor. Please note that Cancer Research UK has agreed a reduced rate for online Wills with the participating solicitors.
- It is a condition of the FreeWill Service that the solicitor provides Cancer Research UK with the following client information: name and address, date of birth and details of legacy to Cancer Research UK (if any).
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why is it always for over 55's
stats show more and more people are getting cancer and some a lot younger than this.....
ive lost 2 people this year to cancer.... they didnt qualify for this
Banned
Hot from me though I'm too young.

Cancer Research get the £ benefit and the soliocitors get to do a good deed for the day

Plus cheaper for users, I think I paid £75 for a very bog standard will some 10 years ago.
Nice for this org. to extend this service. Cancer affects so many of us.. me included. Will go for a new Will !
hot but i cannot use it
good find
Thought you were not allowed to be ageist these days tutt tutt
You'll probably find that Cancer Research pays the solicitor for writing the will or they get a cut of what is given to them, another reason not to give to cancer research.
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That's a very strange comment to make.

If CR didn't run this campaign then they'd raise nothing in this way. So even if the campaign costs them £250,000 and raises £750,000 then they are better off overall. Spending money in order to bring in donations is nothing new.

Every charity that prints a badge or a poster would suffer under your strange logic.
Anybody read the full T&C's?
Do you need to have cancer too to qualify?
Edited by: "pankomputerek" 5th Dec 2012
Original Poster
No, you just have to be over 55.
Original Poster
Here's the full T&Cs:

 You must be over 55 years old to use the FreeWill service
 We comply with the solicitors’ Introduction and Referral Code published by the Law Society, and any solicitor to whom we may refer you is an independent professional from whom you will receive impartial and confidential advice. Inclusion of a solicitor’s firm in the FreeWill Service does not imply recommendation by Cancer Research UK.
 Cancer Research UK reserves the right to withdraw the service.
 Your solicitor’s costs are subject to a maximum limit agreed between Cancer Research UK and your solicitor.
 You may be liable to pay any costs which exceed this agreed limit, you should clarify this with your solicitor on your first appointment. Please note that your solicitor alone, not Cancer Research UK, has control of and is responsible for preparing your Will and you will be primarily liable to pay your solicitor’s costs until these conditions have been met. We stress that you are not obliged to leave a legacy to charity.
 It is a condition of the FreeWill Service that the solicitor provides Cancer Research UK with the following client information: name and address; date of birth; and details of legacy to Cancer Research UK (if any).
 Our registered address is: Angel Building, 407 St Johns Street, London, EC1V 4AD. Our registered charity numbers are: England 1089464 and Scotland SC041666.
Banned
Couple of mean comments here, no names no pack drill.

With cancer so common...

---> and more money needed to go towards research...

---> isn't this just a neat way of providing a professional will-writing service for a reasonable cost (ie the amount you donate to Cancer Research)...

---> and a great way to raise money for this good cause?
I have given money to them before, I thouht it was for Cancer research. If I'd known it was to pay for peoples wills in the off chance they might leave them some money in 40 years I might not have bothered.

Maybe if they spent the money on research we might cure it one day
mocmocamoc

You'll probably find that Cancer Research pays the solicitor for writing … You'll probably find that Cancer Research pays the solicitor for writing the will or they get a cut of what is given to them, another reason not to give to cancer research.



Is it? I take it you also refuse to donate to charities that have print/TV ads as well? It's the exact same principle - spend money to make money.
Pick me, pick me
mocmocamoc

I have given money to them before, I thouht it was for Cancer research. … I have given money to them before, I thouht it was for Cancer research. If I'd known it was to pay for peoples wills in the off chance they might leave them some money in 40 years I might not have bothered. Maybe if they spent the money on research we might cure it one day



This is how they get MORE money...
Well how does amassing all the worlds money cure cancer?

1. You donate £100
2. They spend it on a lawyer to write my will
3. I donate £200 in 30 years when I'm dead.

I presume at some point in the future they'll have enough and have a go at some cancer research?
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mocmocamoc

Well how does amassing all the worlds money cure cancer? 1. You donate … Well how does amassing all the worlds money cure cancer? 1. You donate £1002. They spend it on a lawyer to write my will3. I donate £200 in 30 years when I'm dead.I presume at some point in the future they'll have enough and have a go at some cancer research?



You're clearly completely ignorant as to how major charities work - so why exactly did you donate to them in the first place... The money they spend on will making will be something like 0.00001% of their budget - it doesn't prevent them working on cures for cancer. Last year they spent £332m on cancer research, funding 4000 doctors and 200 clinical trials.
Edited by: "callum9999" 5th Dec 2012
callum9999

You're clearly completely ignorant as to how major charities work - so … You're clearly completely ignorant as to how major charities work - so why exactly did you donate to them in the first place... The money they spend on will making will be something like 0.00001% of their budget - it doesn't prevent them working on cures for cancer. Last year they spent £332m on cancer research, funding 4000 doctors and 200 clinical trials.


If mocmocamoc is 'completely ignorant' as to how charities work, then you must be completely ignorant of simple economics if you cannot see his logic.

Take the example he posed -- how much do you think the charity would benefit by if it pays the solicitor £100, the client wills the charity £200, and then dies in 30 years time? The answer is nothing. It actually makes a loss. Assuming an average inflation rate over those 30 years at the same rate over the last 30 years, the £200 would be worth only £66.

I think most people taking advantage of this 'free' will service would not, on average, be as generous as donating as much as £200, anyway. So, even if the average time between making the will and dying is shorter that 30 years, I cannot see the charity coming out ahead.
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