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Make a will online: a fully legal will writing service



At makeawillonline.co.uk, our secure will writing service allows you to make a will in minutes, at your convenience and for an excellent price. Once your will has been correctly signed and witnessed (full instructions are sent with the document), you will be legally covered and can relax in the knowledge that your estate is safe.


For your peace of mind, all documents are checked by a solicitor.

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Once you have started making a will online, you can sign in and continue at a time that suits you. You will find full guidance throughout the will writing process, explaining all of the important legal terms relating to wills and probate.


When you have finished making your will online, you can login and make free changes to the document for 28 days.


For even more peace of mind, our optional lifetime updates service (just £10 per year) allows you to keep your will up-to-date forever.



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All wills are checked by our expert solicitors and, once signed and properly witnessed, are fully legal in England & Wales.
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How does the will-writing process work?

Before you start the will writing process you should have the name and address of anyone you intend to name in the document. Postcodes are useful too, but not essential. You will be sent a link by email in case you need to come back at a later date to complete the will.

  1. 1. Fill in your information securely



    At the start of the secure online questionnaire, you will be asked to provide your address and contact details. These are strictly private and are used a) for production of the document b) to allow you to login if you don't complete your will in a single session c) to send the completed document (via email). You can find our data handling policy here.


    You then answer a series of questions about who you want to manage your estate, who you would like to look after your children (if you have any), who you would like to inherit your possessions and any conditions you wish to attach.

  2. 2. Review, confirm and pay



    At the end of the questionnaire, you will be presented with a summary of the information you have entered and have the opportunity to go back and make any amendments you wish.


    You then make a secure payment of £29.50 (single will) or £39.50 (pair of wills) - you can pay by credit/debit card or via a PayPal account if you have one.

  3. 3. Receive your will, sign and witness



    Once the secure payment has been made, the will document will be emailed to you at the email address you provided, along with detailed instructions for making the will legal and receipt for payment. Shortly afterwards, a solicitor will check the document to make sure that everything is in order. If anything is unclear, a member of our team will contact you by email.

    You can choose to receive a printed version of your will by post for just £15.00 per document.

Once these stages are complete, you have a fully legal last will and testament.

Validity

Our wills are valid for property held in England and Wales. If you have property overseas, you should check local laws and, if necessary, create a separate document to cover the foreign property.



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Five things to do before you start your gifts in wills campaign



Make a Will Online helps charities get gifts in wills by letting charities give free wills to supporters and by accurately tracking success in campaigns (see here for more info).  These are our top five tips on what you should do before starting your gifts in wills fundraising campaign. 

1. Know what you want:

Get your charity clued up about why the charity want gifts in wills.  What are the “never never” projects that you’d love to deliver but can’t for lack of funding? What are all of the “like to haves” on the wish-list?  Having a clear idea at the start will help with organisational buy-in both internally and also with the supporters thinking of giving.

Have you received gifts from wills in the past?  What were these funds used towards?  This can give you a good idea what you might do in future, be it re-opening a facility, saving an at-risk programme, or reaching out to new beneficiaries.

Man holding up hand by Zan Ilic

Photo credit: Zan Ilic

2. Get internal Buy-In:

So many benefits come from having a well briefed and motivated people.  Engage with everyone at the charity: volunteers to CEOs to trustees.  Throw ideas out there and ask for some back.  Everything from what legacies could/ should do in the future, to the best kind of messages to share. 

Also: show everyone how easy it can be to make a will, and ensure that everyone is on point with the agreed messages that are going out.  They could be asked about them by anyone, at any time.  You can use Make a Will Online as a quick and easy way to help demystify making a will.

The first point of contact for your gifts in wills donor could be anywhere in your organisation.  A volunteer at an event, a phone conversation with the legacy officer’s colleague, a chat with a trustee.  If the potential donor speaks to someone who is “on message”, the effectiveness of the conversation will be much greater.

3. Ask your closest supporters if they have left a gift in their will, and ask them: “why?”

Who is closest to your charity? Trustees?  Patrons?  Why not ask them if they’ve left a gift in their will to you, and, if they have: what were the motivations behind the gift.  Two things could happen here: you could get some great stories about what motivates people to support your cause.  You could also prompt the first wave of gifts in wills from your closest supporters who realise that they’d like to remember their favourite charity in their will!

Let them know why you’re asking: i.e. because you’re planning on doing a campaign and want to use their stories.  You could end up with some “gifts in wills champions”. 

4. Integrate:

You needn’t necessarily throw lots of money at a campaign, but you should integrate your message.  To get a gift in a will, you need to have your message in your donor’s mind at the point they make their will.  They’ll be thinking about a lot of things: their spouse, children, dependents, friends etc.  If they intended to leave a will but forget at the vital moment, they will have lost the chance to give, and may not get around to it in future.  If your message is well integrated (events, annual reports, newsletters, banners and so on) then you will be more likely to be in their thoughts at that crucial moment.

5. Permeance:

Once you start fundraising for gifts in wills, people throughout the organisation should understand that you will do in on a sustained, ongoing basis.  The gifts in wills drive should go to the core of the charity, become embedded in its culture and grow even after you, the CEO and the trustees have moved on and been replaced.  It is too easy to scrap a gifts in wills campaign: there’s no immediate payback, often success is not measurable for over 10 years, and when budgets and resources are squeezed, the campaign could look an easy target for “rationalisation”.

The industry is littered with stories of gifts in wills campaigns that follow these three stages:  (1) get started, receive a lot of internal attention and are then mothballed after 2 or 3 years; (2) legacies are received some 5-15 years later; (3) the powers that be realise they were onto a good thing and start fundraising for gifts in wills again.

The 5-15 years of lost fundraising could have cost the charity hundreds or even thousands of gifts in wills.  With each gift worth thousands of pounds, the loss could easily reach seven figures.  It’s great that the powers that be have returned to legacy fundraising, but the lost time will never be made back.  Make sure your charity doesn’t follow that path!

Charity Gifts in Wills: how and why...



Why gifts in wills are so super, and how to get further help and peer support.

Legacies are the most cost effective way of raising money for charities.  For every £1 spent on fundraising for legacies, the payoff is better than any other channel, even fundraising for grants from trusts and foundations.  It is also less volatile than other streams of fundraising.  During economic downturns people are less likely to change their will than cancel a direct debit or tighten institutional purse-strings.

Woman holding flower by Lina Trochez

Photo credit: Lina Trochez

How to get support and learn more:

There is a fundraiser’s peer support group for Legacy and In-memory fundraisers connected to the Institute of Fundraising.  It’s organised through Yahoo Groups (a blast from the past) but the content, insight, and support from other fundraisers from all sizes of charity is unparalleled.  Go here: https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Legacymarketing and ask to join.

There are Facebook groups for fundraisers in general and there are often discussions about gifts in wills fundraising – such as this one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1686147658271694/ .

Remember a Charity have a subscription service for their resources and pooled campaigns. The cost of this is based on the size of the charity.  Access affords not only participation in Remember a Charity week, but also access to the intranet containing all sorts of research and resources about gifts in wills. https://www.rememberacharity.org.uk/

Here at Make a Will Online we work with dozens of charities with our free wills campaigns. We are expert will writers rather than fundraising consultants – we deliver solicitor-checked wills to your supporters.  You are welcome to get in touch with us to discuss your needs.  Just contact us and ask for Oliver.

Finally, there are consultants and researchers who can and will help your efforts around messaging your supporters and getting gifts in wills.

More info about gifts in wills:

The amount of gifts in wills has been growing above the rate of inflation for a long time.  It was worth £2.6 billion a decade ago, and £3.6 billion per year now.  The increase is based on (a) increased awareness and generosity: so more people giving gifts in wills, and (b) a steady increase in the value of assets such as homes.  The forecast is that this trend will increase as more and more baby-boomers put gifts in their wills, campaigns like Remember a Charity week take hold in the national consciousness, and property values increase or plateau.

Interestingly, more smaller charities are being remembered in gifts in wills.  The educated donor is more likely to leave a gift to a charity that has personal meaning for them, or a spread of charities, with some large/ national and others more local or focussed.  So, if you are a smaller charity, you are best poised to make the most of the growth.

Fundraising for gifts in wills need not be complex affair.  Just drip-feed the message in communications so it’s always in a supporter’s mind: so they know it’s a possibility when they finally get round to making a will.  Another fundraising favourite for gifts in wills is a simple bookmark.  Having a story of the work that gifts in wills has helped you achieve, or a personal story from someone who is a “legacy hero” who can share their reasons  is a great start too

Due to its nature, gifts in wills tend to provide income to a charity a number of years down the line.  If you are able to ascertain who your supporters who have left a gift in their will are, you have the chance to build close relationships with people who hold your cause in extremely high regard.

It is never possible to guess when you’ll get a gift that is pledged. You can try to work it out actuarially, but it’s a fool’s errand unless you have very high numbers of gifts in wills each year.  For smaller charities with a handful a year, it’s better to put together a wishlist of things that you would like to have, then apply funds when the money comes in.

 

 

 

Wills for British ex-pats



A will from this site will be fully legal in England and Wales, but the situation becomes more complicated if you are domiciled in the UK but resident abroad. Different countries deal with the probate process differently and you should consult an expert on local law in the country in which you live.

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