Why should I consider a will?
Did you know, 60% of UK adults don’t have a will? The reasons people cite for this varies. Some haven’t had the time to look into it properly. Others have found it too complicated.
If you die without a will your affairs can be left unsettled for years. But many of us don't want to think about making a will, sometimes due to worries about cost or simply due to fears around how complicated the process might be.
But not having a will can mean leaving behind problems for your loved-ones, such as being unable to pay bills if the bank freezes the account.
Whatever your age, if you've assets, e.g. a house, savings, or a business, and people or others you'd like to look after, you should consider making a will.
Whilst the idea of it may feel uncomfortable for some, you should consider how much worse the situation might be if you died or became incapacitated – through illness, accident, old age or emergency – without having arrangements in place.
And that’s why at the Charity we’re working with the National Free Wills Network, to make will-writing as easy as possible.
Helping you write a will
We’re working with the National Free Wills Network to provide civil servants, past and present, with a simple will, for free.
All you have to do is complete the form on our portal and we’ll do all the hard work for you.
We will send your contact details to the National Free Wills Network. They will send you a pack with all the information that you’ll need. This will include a step-by-step guide and a list of at least six local solicitors. It will also contain a yellow form which needs to be taken to the solicitor of your choice. This form means we can pay the fee for your simple will.
Please note: it may take up to two weeks for you to receive your information pack.
By using the National Free Wills Network to write your will you do not, in any way, have to leave The Charity for Civil Servants a gift. This service is free to you regardless of who you choose to leave your wealth to. But if you do choose to include the Charity, we would be very grateful. Find out more about leaving a gift to the Charity in your will.
There are also many other ways that you can go about writing a will. For very simple wills, there are various online services or even templates you can buy from a stationers. However, you are unlikely to have the same level of legal protection than if you used a solicitor.
Money Saving Expert have produced a detailed guide on their website which lays out some of the other options you might consider.