Write your Will for free this March

Register by the 31st March 

 

Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and enduring ways you can help the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer. After providing for those you care about in your Will, please consider leaving a gift to Yorkshire Cancer Research to help save an extra 2000 lives a year. Every gift is appreciated, no matter what size.

Free Wills Month


Writing a Will is the only way to guarantee how your assets are shared amongst your family and friends and those causes that are important to you. Register by 31st March and you can write your Will for free with our Will writing partners, Farewill and The Goodwill Partnership.

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Farewill: Online Will writing service

Your Will is created by completing a number of simple questions online which usually takes about 20 minutes. There is live chat and phone support on hand should you need it.

Once you’ve filled in the details, the Will is checked by a legal specialist and is then sent to you to download and print together with instructions to ensure your Will is properly signed and witnessed. Farewill will take your credit or debit card details and you will automatically become a member. Membership costs £10 a year after your first year and enables you to update your Will as many times as you like, but you can also cancel this membership at any time.

If you and your partner would both like a Will, you will need to create individual ones and register separately for the free Will offer.

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The Goodwill Partnership: Home visit or telephone Will writing service

A member of The Goodwill Partnership team will come to your home to take your Will instructions at a time that’s convenient to you.

If you prefer, they can take your instructions over the phone instead. Your Will is then drawn up by a solicitor and sent to you in the post along with instructions to ensure your Will is properly signed and witnessed. The whole process typically takes six to eight weeks to complete. 

If you and your partner would both like a Will, you will need to create individual ones and register separately for the free Will offer.

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To take advantage of our free Will offer you must register before the end of March and Yorkshire Cancer Research will cover the cost of a standard Will and will pay this directly to the relevant Will writing partner.

Who can use the free Will writing service?

The service is available to anyone over 18 years old living in England or Wales

Do I have to leave Yorkshire Cancer Research a gift in order to use the service?

While most people who use the free Will writing service choose to include Yorkshire Cancer Research in their Will, you are not under any obligation to do so.

What if I need a more complex Will?

The Wills we offer through our Will writing partners are for standard Wills only and any additional requirements may come at an additional cost. As a charity, we are very careful how we spend our money so we have fixed fees for the services agreed with our partners. Our Will writing partners will be able to answer any queries you may have regarding their services. If your needs are complex, we recommend speaking to a solicitor. You can find a local solicitor by visiting the Law Society website, lawsociety.co.uk.

For full details, please read our free Will terms and conditions.

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Gifts in Wills: Your questions answered


 

What type of gift can I leave?

The most common types of gift are:

A pecuniary gift - this is a fixed sum of money, also known as a cash gift.
A residuary gift - this is a share of your estate and is expressed as all or a percentage of your remaining estate once all fees, outstanding costs and other gifts have been taken care of.
A specific gift - this is a particular item such as property, stocks and shares or other valuables like jewellery or paintings.

How do I find a solicitor?

You can get a list of local solicitors from the Law Society. Please visit lawsociety.org.uk, or call 020 7242 1222. Alternatively, you can use the free Will writing service to get a legal professional to write your Will either online, over the phone or face to face.

Are there inheritance tax benefits of leaving a gift to charity in my Will?

A gift in your Will to any charity is not subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT). By remembering Yorkshire Cancer Research in your Will you may be able to reduce the taxable value of your assets and so lower the amount of inheritance tax due on your estate. Furthermore, if you leave 10% or more of your estate to charity, you will be taxed at a lower rate (36% instead of 40%) on any part of your estate that qualifies for inheritance tax.

We recommend speaking to your solicitor or financial adviser to find out the most tax efficient options available to you. To check the current threshold at which inheritance tax applies, please visit the government website, www.gov.uk.

I want to leave a gift to Yorkshire Cancer Research. What are the charity's details?

To ensure Yorkshire Cancer Research is correctly named as a beneficiary of your estate, please include the charity's full name, address and charity number when drafting your Will: Yorkshire Cancer Research, Jacob Smith House, 7 Grove Park Court, Harrogate, HG1 4DP. Registered charity 516898.

I already have a Will. Can I update it to include Yorkshire Cancer Research?

You can add a codicil for minor changes to your Will, including adding a charity. A codicil is a supplement which is kept with, but not attached to, your Will. You can download our codicil if you would like to leave a fixed sum of money or specific items to Yorkshire Cancer Research in your Will.

To avoid the risk of inconsistencies between the original Will and codicil, it's a good idea to check with a solicitor that this codicil will fit with your existing arrangements. If more extensive changes are required, or if you would like to leave a percentage of your estate to Yorkshire Cancer Research, we strongly recommend that you consult a solicitor.

Can I have a say in how my gift is used?

If you would like to leave a gift for a particular purpose, please contact us first to ensure that we will be able to meet your wishes. You can then include the details in your Will, either as an Expression of Wish where Yorkshire Cancer Research will be under a moral obligation to try and comply, or as a legally binding statement.

Do I need to let Yorkshire Cancer Research know if I decide to include the charity in my Will?

The decision to leave a gift to Yorkshire Cancer Research in your Will is a personal one, and one that you may only wish to share with those closest to you. However, if you would like to let us know, this will help us plan for the future and we would love to have the opportunity to thank you.

I don't have much to leave. Is it still worth leaving a gift to Yorkshire Cancer Research?

Every gift we receive can make a big difference. And if you change your mind about how much you'd like to leave to Yorkshire Cancer Research, you can easily change this at any time by completing a codicil and storing it with your Will.

How do I contact you?

If you have any queries please email legacies@ycr.org.uk or call 01423 877 237 to speak to one of the team.

Sharing your story


If you would like to share your legacy story with us to help inspire the next generation to support Yorkshire Cancer Research, please get in touch here or give us a ring on 01423 501269.

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