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Gift in Wills Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a gift in a will?

A gift in a will (sometimes called a legacy) is a way of leaving something to a person or charity after you die. There are different types of gifts you can leave in a will, such as money, part of your estate, or belongings. Many people choose to leave a gift in their will to charity, particularly if they have a personal connection to the cause.


How do I write a will for free?

We offer a free will service, where we connect you with one of our will writing partners through the National Free Wills Network. They will help you write your simple will free of charge. You can also get started on your Will with in-person expert support and guidance- all from the comfort of your own home, discreetly and in confidence, with Accord Legal Services. 


When can I write my will?

Many charities offer free wills for Free Wills Month in March and October, but North West Cancer Research offers free wills all year round for adults who are aged 18 or older.


How do I get my will guide? 

If you have any queries, please call us on 0151 709 2919 or email [email protected]


Do I really need a Will?

It’s not a legal requirement, but a Will is the only way you can make sure your wishes are taken care of when you’re gone. Dying without a Will can cause problems for those left behind, at an already hard time. Making a Will can give you peace of mind and make things easier for your loved ones too.


What if I’ve already written my Will?

If you want to make a small change to an existing Will, you can usually do this with a codicil. This is a legal document that acts as a supplement to the original Will, and which needs to be stored with your Will. You should use a solicitor to do this to ensure it’s legally binding. If you need to make a lot of changes, or a large change, it may be better to write a new Will. Please contact us for more information.


What information do I need to include a gift in my Will to North West Cancer Research?

To make sure we receive your intended gift in the future, please include our full charity name, address and registered charity number (519 357).