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Free Wills Month – October 2023

We’ve joined together with other UK charities so you can write or update a simple Will - or joint Will - with a solicitor for free this October. Learn how to take part below.

How Free Wills Month works

This October is Mind Free Wills Month, which means you can write or update your Will with a local solicitor for free.

You don't have to make a gift to Mind in your Will. But, by choosing to support our work nationally or locally, you can help us make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

To take part:

  • Contact a solicitor by clicking the book your appointment button below
  • When you book, mention 'Mind Free Wills Month'
  • Be aware that appointments are limited, so book early to avoid missing out

Book your appointment

Who can take part in Free Wills Month?

Free Wills Month is for people aged 55 and over. If you're writing your Will as a couple, only one of you needs to be 55.

You must also live in one of the participating areas

What are the participating areas?

Free Wills Month only takes place in certain areas. In October 2023, it will be in the following places:

  • Chester
  • Cumbria and Lancaster
  • East Cheshire
  • Huddersfield
  • Leeds
  • Mid and West Wales
  • North Wales
  • Preston
  • Shropshire and Wakefield
  • Birmingham
  • Cornwall
  • Exeter
  • Leicestershire
  • Milton Keynes
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Plymouth and Torquay

What if there isn't a solicitor listed near me?

If you don't live in one of the regions listed above, you can:

Types of gifts you could make in your Will

After taking care of your loved ones, you may want to include a gift in your Will to Mind. There are 3 main types of gifts.

Cash gift

A cash gift, also known as a pecuniary gift, is a fixed sum of money. For example, £5000.

Cash gifts are paid out of your estate first. What is left is then divided up according to your instructions in your Will.

Residuary gift

This is a share of your estate. For example, 10% or one third. After making sure your family and loved ones are taken care of, you may leave a percentage of your remaining estate to Mind. Residuary gifts can also help reduce your inheritance tax. Speak to your solicitor to find out how. 

Specific gift

A specific gift is a named object. For example, a piece of artwork, a collection of records, or an antique.

If you want to keep a particular item in your family, this could be an excellent way to pass the object on.

Making a gift to a local Mind

At Mind, we work together with local Minds across England and Wales. Local Minds provide face-to-face mental health support in their communities. As independent charities, they're responsible for their own funding and services.

If you'd like to leave a gift for your local Mind, contact your local Mind directly.

Find your nearest local Mind

For more information

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