WillAid scheme: Get a local solicitor to professionally draw up your will & all fees (suggested donation, not compulsory) go to charity
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WillAid scheme: Get a local solicitor to professionally draw up your will & all fees (suggested donation, not compulsory) go to charity

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Found 15th Nov
During November (so don't dawdle!) there is a scheme called 'Willaid' whereby go and see a local solicitor who professionally draws up your will and instead of their usual fee there is a suggested donation (if you can't afford it, don't worry, that's ok, it's not compulsory) which goes directly to charity.

Suggested donation for an individual will is £95 or for a couple with mirror wills it's £150, but as I said, it's not compulsory if you can't afford it so don't let that put you off.

willaid.org.uk

You use your postcode to find a local solicitor participating in the scheme and use the online form to contact them, and wait for them to get back to you about making an appointment to come in and see them.

- the will writing is done through a solicitor
- the solicitor makes the will exactly as they usually would
- there is a suggested donation for the will (but if you can't afford it then don't feel like you have to)- all money goes to charity (about 8 really good charities if I remember rightly).
- you can ask the solicitor to store the will (free service usually).

Having a will written by a solicitor can save problems in the future!

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DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends wife died who had done one of these free wills. The solicitor charged £11000 for being her executor. My mother in law did one last year but we realised the solicitor had added himself as an executor and then had the will redone. Solicitors offer to do them for free so they can make a lot of money from being an executor. Do the free will by all means but don’t allow the solicitor to name himself as an executor.
Edited by: "johnsymes" 15th Nov
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Original Poster

There are some good resources to use before you visit the solicitor too:

willaid.org.uk/wil…ner

Original Poster

Oh, and you can also register your will for free (usually £25) on the certainty will registry

willaid.org.uk/wil…nty

Something similar posted yesterday but the donation was £10.

My husband and I are having our wills drawn up this year using this scheme, very simple mirror wills so I had thought I'd doing them ourselves but I'm glad we didn't. Even though they are very straight forward the solicitor brought up subjects we hadn't thought of and didn't realise applied to us. For peace of mind for those left behind this is well worth the £150

ohmum1 h, 25 m ago

My husband and I are having our wills drawn up this year using this …My husband and I are having our wills drawn up this year using this scheme, very simple mirror wills so I had thought I'd doing them ourselves but I'm glad we didn't. Even though they are very straight forward the solicitor brought up subjects we hadn't thought of and didn't realise applied to us. For peace of mind for those left behind this is well worth the £150


We had our wills drawn up free through my wife’s company. You are right about asking things you never think of. Or even just things you assume would happen if the worst were to occur and we both passed away together. Such as legal guardianship of children and the trust aspect of assets passing to them. We had stupidly assumed family would be allowed to look after them. But of course if you’ve not made specific arrangements that is not necessarily the case

DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends wife died who had done one of these free wills. The solicitor charged £11000 for being her executor. My mother in law did one last year but we realised the solicitor had added himself as an executor and then had the will redone. Solicitors offer to do them for free so they can make a lot of money from being an executor. Do the free will by all means but don’t allow the solicitor to name himself as an executor.
Edited by: "johnsymes" 15th Nov

johnsymes18 m ago

DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends …DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends wife died who had done one of these free wills. The solicitor charged £11000 for being her executor. My mother in law did one last year but we realised the solicitor had added himself as an executor and then had the will redone. Solicitors offer to do them for free so they can make a lot of money from being an executor. Do the free will by all means but don’t allow the solicitor to name himself as an executor.


Thank you for clearing up what I was wondering, what's in it for them. Knew there would be some kind of angle. Well done for warning people

Who should i use as an executor? A friend or family member?

This scheme was highlighted by Martin Lewis at the end of September as a good alternative to using his own website and you entered your post code to see solicitors participating in the scheme. If you are considering this do not delay as it ends at the end of November and the solicitors in the scheme only have a limited number of appointments for this free service.

bargains4969 m ago

Who should i use as an executor? A friend or family member?


Someone you can trust who isn't named in the will.

If the suggested donation is £95.00 how much would it cost ordinarily does anybody know a roundabout figure?

bargains49624 m ago

Who should i use as an executor? A friend or family member?



Domthedonkey14 m ago

Someone you can trust who isn't named in the will.



An executor can be a beneficiary of the will, it's witnesses that can't.


See the FAQs here:-

lawdepot.co.uk/con…tor




"Administering the estate can be complex, time-consuming and stressful. Ensure you select someone you trust, who will be able to handle your financial matters prudently. Your Executor does not need to have any legal expertise. An Executor can always hire a lawyer should the need arise.

Many people select their spouse or an adult child to be their Executor. Also, people often choose an individual who will be receiving a substantial amount of property to be their Executor. In this way, the Executor will want to ensure that the property is distributed properly."



Edited by: "melted" 15th Nov

johnsymes2 h, 6 m ago

DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors..


We did this a good few years ago when we got married. At no point did the solicitor try and name themselves, our executors are two friends. It's an excellent idea and we donated the market rate to charity for our wills. There was no hard sell from the solicitor at all.

Free will schemes and will aid may well be different things. Will Aid has run in November each year for many years.
Edited by: "gavin1" 15th Nov

melted10 m ago

An executor can be a beneficiary of the will, it's witnesses that …An executor can be a beneficiary of the will, it's witnesses that can't.See the FAQs here:-https://www.lawdepot.co.uk/contracts/last-will-and-testament-uk/?s=QSExecutor&g=QGExecutor"Administering the estate can be complex, time-consuming and stressful. Ensure you select someone you trust, who will be able to handle your financial matters prudently. Your Executor does not need to have any legal expertise. An Executor can always hire a lawyer should the need arise. Many people select their spouse or an adult child to be their Executor. Also, people often choose an individual who will be receiving a substantial amount of property to be their Executor. In this way, the Executor will want to ensure that the property is distributed properly."


Apologies,I should have said that was my personal opinion as it caused problems in my family so I'd rather have a neutral party.

If you do not have an executor, your solicitor will be happy to arrange someone at the firm to act on your behalf

johnsymes2 h, 43 m ago

DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends …DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends wife died who had done one of these free wills. The solicitor charged £11000 for being her executor. My mother in law did one last year but we realised the solicitor had added himself as an executor and then had the will redone. Solicitors offer to do them for free so they can make a lot of money from being an executor. Do the free will by all means but don’t allow the solicitor to name himself as an executor.


What percentage were they charging?

johnsymes3 h, 5 m ago

DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends …DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends wife died who had done one of these free wills. The solicitor charged £11000 for being her executor. My mother in law did one last year but we realised the solicitor had added himself as an executor and then had the will redone. Solicitors offer to do them for free so they can make a lot of money from being an executor. Do the free will by all means but don’t allow the solicitor to name himself as an executor.



Can't agree in my experience. Thoroughly professional service, completed exactly according to my instructions, and researched and offered advice on minimising IHT. I asked for the solicitors firm to be named as alternative executors should my chosen executors not be able or willing to undertake the task. The 'angle' for the solicitor is that they hope you will return and use the firm for any other legal services required such as conveyancing. Hanging on for possibly decades waiting and hoping for an executor's fee isn't really a good business model. And no, I'm not a solicitor, before the comments accusing me of it!

I have done this and don't have any issues with solicitor acting as an executor. Stops all the warfare after.

Original Poster

Darzen6 h, 58 m ago

Something similar posted yesterday but the donation was £10.


That wasn't for a will drawn up individually by a solicitor. With this scheme you go to the solicitor in person and they write it up as per your desires and then you go back once it's done and get it signed and witnessed.

One of these professionally drawn up wills should be watertight!

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johnsymes5 h, 19 m ago

DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends …DANGER!! Solicitors will try to add themselves as executors. My friends wife died who had done one of these free wills. The solicitor charged £11000 for being her executor. My mother in law did one last year but we realised the solicitor had added himself as an executor and then had the will redone. Solicitors offer to do them for free so they can make a lot of money from being an executor. Do the free will by all means but don’t allow the solicitor to name himself as an executor.



I used this service and at no point did they suggest about using their services for executor.

I have two executors listed, first choice is my father and second choice is my godfather as both are accountants and have done it before.

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bargains4963 h, 40 m ago

Who should i use as an executor? A friend or family member?



Anyone you trust who is competent.

Remember to ask them before listing them as executor though!

I chose my father as first choice and then my godfather as a back up, in case Dad and I are in a car crash together. I think having a back up executor is a good idea.

It can be someone listed as a beneficiary.

Talk to the solicitor about it if you're worried, but you can always list someone and if they aren't able to do the more complicated aspects to it when the time comes they can always get a company or solicitor to help them at that point.

The process is simple, either nominate a person(s) of your choice and or solicitors.
We did it last week, well worth money, he pointed out some things we never considered, inheritance tax, updates on will, what happens if unfortunately all pass away, future children, trusts etc.
You can try Google search wills for free, 10 pounds etc but face to face is worth it.
Best thing is you can donate what ever you want, even a penny!

What's in it for the solicitors? How about simple altruism? It's a quick, simple way for solicitors to raise money for a group of very worthy charities, using their professional skills. The ones we've used didn't even suggest that they could be executors.
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