Thank you for your interest in Mind's Free Wills Month, which opens on March 1.
If you would rather not wait, you are welcome to register for our ongoing Free Will Offer using our online registration form. Once registered, we'll send you a pack in the post that contains a list of participating solicitors near you to choose from. Simply book your appointment directly with your chosen solicitor and they will work with you to prepare a will according to your wishes.
We're also pleased to be able to offer you the chance to have your will made for free from the comfort of your own home online and over the phone.
If you’re aged 55 or over, you can make or update your will with a local solicitor for free from 1 March. Simply visit the Free Wills Month website and enter your postcode to view details of participating solicitors. Book your appointment directly with your chosen solicitor, mentioning ‘Mind Free Wills Month’. Appointments are limited, so book early to avoid missing out.
There’s no obligation to make a gift to Mind or a local Mind in your will, but by choosing to support our work nationally or locally, you can help create a better future for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. See below for a list of national and local charities taking part this March.
Appointments available through Mind Free Wills Month are limited, so if you're unable to make your will through Mind Free Wills Month, you are welcome to sign up to our ongoing Free Will Offer. Once you've looked after your loved ones we'd be incredibly grateful if you consider including a gift to a local Mind, or national Mind.
Given the government guidance on coronavirus, we've put together some helpful FAQs below:
Firms are still accepting appointments, and will explore with you the best way possible to have your will written. Some may suggest using the phone or technology, depending on the guidelines where you live.
If you're self-isolating or government restrictions where you live are making it hard for you to attend your appointment, please contact the solicitor and they'll be happy to talk through your will-making options. That might mean using the phone, or technology to help you make your will.
There's no obligation to make a charitable gift in your will when taking part in Mind Free Wills Month or using our Free Will Offer, but a gift – however big or small – will help us make a difference to the lives of those of us living with a mental health problem. Just 10% of your estate would hugely help us to create a better future for mental health.
Mind and our network of independent local Minds are here to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.
We provide a national voice and local support for anybody experiencing a mental health problem.
By making a gift to Mind or your local Mind, you can help us make sure that in the future, no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Mind Free Wills Month is intended for anyone aged 55 and over.
Mind Free Wills Month is taking place in Birmingham, Solihull, Bristol, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Mind are also joining other UK charities in a Free Wills Month campaign in London and Greater London.
If you live in one of the areas listed above, you'll find details of participating solicitors on the Free Wills Month website from 1 March 2021.
Simply contact your chosen solicitor during the month of March and request an appointment as part of 'Mind Free Wills Month'.
Once you've booked your appointment, the solicitor will help you draw up a will according to your wishes. You remain in control throughout.
Appointments are limited, and once all available appointments are booked, the offer will end. We'd recommend contacting your chosen solicitor as soon as possible to avoid missing out. You can find full details and conditions on the Free Wills Month website or in our FAQs section.
If you live outside the regions listed above, you can visit the Free Wills Month website to check if a similar offer is available in your local area.
If appointments are booked up or you're unable to use the listed local solicitor firms, you can sign up to our ongoing Free Will Offer as an alternative.
Mind's Free Wills Month March 2021 is brought to you by the following charities.You may choose to make a gift to one or more of these charities if you make or update your will as part of the Mind Free Wills Month campaign. Or of course, you may want to include another local Mind within our network - just let your solicitor know.
Bristol Mind is a mental health charity that supports the rights and needs of people with mental health problems in Bristol and the surrounding areas. We promote positive mental and emotional wellbeing and challenge stigma and discrimination. We deliver a range of services which include; free advocacy, counselling, mental health awareness training and free helplines. By including us in your will, you could make sure that no-one in Bristol has to face a mental health problem alone - supporting and saving countless lives.
Registered Charity No. 1085171
35 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EZ
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Registered charity number: 219830
Norfolk and Waveney Mind promotes wellbeing and works to reduce poor mental health and the stigma associated with it through our services and work within the local community. By including us in your will and choosing to support Norfolk and Waveney Mind, you could help support people in their recovery and champion better services for all. Our aim is to make sure that no-one in Norfolk and Waveney has to face a mental health problem alone - and with your support this could be possible.
Registered Charity No. 1118449
50 Sale Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 9TP
Solihull Mind has worked in the borough of Solihull for over 30 years to support positive mental health and wellbeing through work within the local community.Our wide-ranging services include counselling, crisis support and advice surrounding finances, accessing benefits or housing, and abuse such as hate crime. We also hold a wide range of support groups and activities, including a women-only and LGBTQ+ group. With a gift in your will, you can make sure that no-one in Solihull has to face a mental health problem alone.
Registered Charity No. 1179376
Solihull Mind, 14-16 Faulkner Road, Solihull, B92 8SY
Suffolk Mind works across Suffolk (excluding Lowestoft and Waveney) to support positive mental health and wellbeing through our services and work within the local community. By including us in your will and choosing to support Suffolk Mind you could help us turn around and save countless lives. Our aim is to make Suffolk the best place in the world to talk about and take care of mental health.
Registered Charity No. 1003061
Suffolk Mind, Main Office: Caretakers House, 26 High Road West, Felixstowe, Suffolk. IP11 9JB
For those using solicitors in the Suffolk or Solihull regions ideally we hope you can arrange an appointment directly with a listed solicitor by contacting them directly, as this will be the fastest and simplest way to progress your will. Simply click a link to book your free will appointment to do this and enter your details including your postcode.
If you would like a more local choice, we have added extra firms of solicitors into the campaign. To search these locations for participating solicitors, book your free will appointment, entering your details and including your postcode.
As per the information on the Free Wills Month website, these extra firms must be requested via the Free Wills Month telephone number, 0800 118 2643 to enable a pack to be mailed out to you which assures you of an appointment at one of these participating firms. You’ll be able to arrange an appointment, as long as you’ve requested a pack during March. The form in the pack, when passed to the solicitor once you’ve made or updated your will or joint will, ensures it is processed free of charge. Please allow a few weeks in the mail, for this to be received.
For those in the Suffolk or Solihull regions, if you’ve been unable to book an appointment by either contacting the solicitors listed, or via a pack you are welcome to use the Co-Op Free Will Offer and this is also available to you, for more details click here.
After taking care of loved ones, you may choose to include a gift in your will to a cause you care about - like Mind or your local Mind. There are three main types of gift that you can include in your will. These are:
A cash gift, known as a pecuniary gift is a fixed sum of money, for example £5000. These gifts are paid out of your estate first, and then what is left is divided up as per your instructions in you will.
This type of gift is a share of your estate, for example 5%. Many people divide their estate into 100 equal units, and after giving to family and loved ones, they gift a number of units to Mind.
A specific gift is a nominated object, for example artwork, a collection of records, or an antique. If you want to keep a particular item in your family, then this could be a good way to pass the item on.