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Mind Free Wills Month - October 2020

This October we're giving you the opportunity to make or update a simple will - or joint simple wills with a partner - with a solicitor for free.

Find out how you can take part and support Mind's work nationally or locally below.

 

We’re determined to be there for everyone experiencing a mental health problem, and we depend on gifts in wills to do so. So this October we’re working with local solicitors so that anyone aged 55 or over can make or update their will free of charge.

Find out how you can take part and support Mind's work nationally or locally below.

Mind's Free Wills Month opens 1 October

Thank you for your interest in Mind's Free Wills Month, which opens on 1 October.

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.

Register for our Free Will offer    Make your free will online and over the phone

 

Our Free Wills offer and Coronavirus: FAQs

Given the changing government guidance on coronavirus, we've put together some helpful FAQs about Mind Free Wills Month below:

Most 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 guidance where you live. Just be open and make sure you're comfortable with any alternatives suggested.

Do what is right for your physical and mental health. If you need to reschedule your appointment please do this through your chosen solicitor's firm, and know that a simple will is still covered by the offer. Simply contact the firm you booked with to do this.

We've released some useful information about this: click here

Mind Free Wills Month is now open

Simply visit the Free Wills Month website and enter your postcode. You'll be shown a list of local participating solicitors for you to choose from. Once you've chosen a solicitor, book your appointment with them directly and mention 'Mind Free Wills Month'. Appointments are limited, so do book early to avoid missing out.

Book your free will appointment

Given the latest NHS guidance about Covid-19, we've put together some helpful FAQs about Mind Free Wills Month below:

Most 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 – others may suggest holding the appointment later in the year. Just be open and make sure you're comfortable with any alternatives suggested.

No, you only have to make your first contact with the solicitor in March. You could book your appointment for several months down the line, and it will still be covered by the offer.

Do what is right for your physical and mental health. If you need to reschedule your appointment please do this through your chosen solicitor's firm, and know that a simple will is still covered by the offer. Simply contact the firm you booked with to do this.

We've released some useful information about this: click here

A gift to Mind is a gift for everyone with a mental health problem

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 5% 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.

Register for our Free Will offer    Make your free will online and over the phone

How does Free Wills Month work?

Mind Free Wills Month is intended for anyone aged 55 and over.

Mind Free Wills Month is taking place in the Coventry, North Warwickshire, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Sheffield, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Harrogate, Chichester, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Crawley, Arundel and Horsham areas.

Mind are also joining other UK charities in a Free Wills Month campaign in and around Bristol, Cardiff, Cornwall, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Swansea, Torquay, Birmingham, Derbyshire, Ipswich, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, Stoke-on-Trent.

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 October 2020.

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.

You can also register for our free online and over the phone offer.

Free Wills Month charities

Mind's Free Wills Month October 2020 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.

Mind

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Mind.org.uk

Registered charity number: 219830

Mind logo

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind supports positive mental health and wellbeing through our services and work within the local community. By including us in your will and choosing to support Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, you will be helping us to bring relief and wellbeing to local people, struggling with mental health problems. Our aim is to make sure that no-one across Coventry and Warwickshire has to face a mental health problem alone – and with your support this could be possible.

cwmind.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 1003688

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, Wellington Gardens, Windsor Street, Coventry CV1 3BT

Dudley Mind

Dudley Mind works across the Black Country 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 Dudley Mind, you could help us turn around and save countless lives. Our aim is to make sure that no-one in the Black Country area has to face a mental health problem alone - and with your support this could be possible.

www.dudleymind.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 1002257

Dudley Mind, The Mind Hub, Bushey Fields Hospital, Bushey Fields Road, Dudley, DY1 2LZ

Harrogate Mind

Harrogate Mind to promote positive mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in Harrogate District. We work to reduce stigma, develop resilience and enable people to live full lives and play their part in society. By including us in your will and choosing to support Harrogate Mind you could help us turn around and save countless lives. We want to make sure that no-one in Harrogate District has to face mental health problems alone and with your support this could be possible.

www.mindinharrogate.org.uk

Registered charity No. 1151271

Mind in Harrogate District, The Acorn Centre, 101a Station, Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1HB

Sheffield Mind

Sheffield Mind has been providing mental health services to people for over 40 years. We are a creative and forward-thinking charity, committed to reaching communities that have traditionally struggled to seek support, and disproportionately live with mental health problems. By partnering with other organisations, we promote greater awareness and understanding of mental health in the workplace and community.Our mission is to intervene early, to improve wellbeing, and provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. With a gift in your will, you can help us achieve all of this in the city of Sheffield.

www.sheffieldmind.co.uk

Registered Charity No. 276108

Sheffield Mind, The Wellbeing Centre, 110 Sharrow Lane, Sheffield, S11 8AL

West Sussex Mind

West Sussex Mind is an independent local mental health charity. We work with young people, adults, older adults, carers and families. Our innovative services develop mental wellbeing, resilience and recovery, driven by the needs and experiences of people in our community. The support and advice we offer aims to strengthen self-esteem and confidence, promoting strong relationships with family, friends and communities. We also help people get into education, training or work, and to achieve their personal and social goals.

www.westsussexmind.org

Registered Charity No. 1155918

The Gateway, 8-10 Durrington Lane, Worthing BN13 2QG

Types of gift you could make in your will

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:

Cash gift

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.

Residuary gift

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.

Specific gift

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.

 

For more information

Terms and conditions apply. Full details can be found on the Free Wills Month website.

Any questions? Email our Wills Team at [email protected] or call us on 020 8215 2244.

Make a Free Wills Month appointment

For more information

Any questions? Email our Wills Team at [email protected] or call us on 0208 215 2243.

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