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Answers on wills

I already have a will, can you help me update it?

By requesting or downloading our free guide to wills you can ask us to include a list of local solicitors to you. We’d suggest discussing your needs with a solicitor of your choice.

 

I want to make a joint, or mirror will, for me and my partner?

Often a solicitor will be able to offer joint, also known as mirror wills at a lower price than two seperate wills. Moving house, marriage or a change in family circumstance can prompt people to review their plans.

 

I have inherited some money, or property and I’m worried I might now be liable for inheritance tax on my estate reducing the amount left for my family and good causes?

We don’t offer any financial, or tax planning advice. You may want to consult a specialist advisor to help you plan your will. You can ask us for a list of local solicitors to you when downloading or requesting our guide on wills.

 

I want to speak to someone at Mind about my plans, or making a gift in my will, who could help?

Please contact our wills team on 020 8215 2232 or email legacies@mind.org.uk 

 

I am a family member, solicitor, or executor dealing with a person’s estate, who can I contact at Mind?

Please email willsandtrusts@mind.org.uk or call our office on 020 8215 2232

 

Answers on gifts

What choices do I have on types of gift?

How you phrase your will depends on what type of gift you want to make. There are two main types of gifts or legacies that people tend to leave to charities. Your solicitor can help you with more specific, or complex gifts.

 

Residuary gift

Otherwise known as a share of your estate. This is when you leave a portion of what you own to us, after your family and friends have received what you want to give them. This is our recommended wording:

I give [insert percentage] of my residuary estate to Mind (registered charity number 219830), 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ, to be applied for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the finance director or appropriate officer shall be a complete discharge to my trustees.

 

Pecuniary gift (cash sum)

A pecuniary gift can be a cash gift of any amount. This is our recommended wording:

I give [insert amount] to Mind (registered charity number 219830), 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ, to be applied for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the finance director or appropriate officer shall be a complete discharge to my trustees.

 

Specific gift (an item, antique, possession etc)

A specific gift can be a gift of any object, for example an artwork or antique. Retaining documents showing provenance of the item, may increase its value. This is our recommended wording:

I give [insert item] to Mind (registered charity number 219830), 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ, to be applied for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the finance director or appropriate officer shall be a complete discharge to my trustees.

 

Answers on free will offer

What is the free will offer about?

Using the National Free Wills Network, we will offer you a choice of solicitors who will help you make or amend a simple will at no cost. We offer the service to make it easier for you to write or update your Will.

 

Who can use the offer?

The offer is meant for Mind supporters, of adult age. Once the allocation of wills Mind is offering has been taken, the offer may be withdrawn, so please register early to get your will made or updated using the offer. Please note you must supply a UK address when registering for the offer.

 

I have partner - can we both make or update our wills?

Yes. One registration can be used for you and your partner. Many partners will make joint wills, sometimes known as mirror wills which are very similar. Simply register once in your name, and present the yellow form to the solcitor that you both choose when making or updating your wills.

 

Can you tell me more about the National Free Wills Network?

Mind is part of The National Free Wills Network. Supporters of Mind can register through us, to take up the offer of a free will. You should be able to find a choice of solicitors near you, as over 700 law firms are part of the network. This means typically your nearest solicitor is close by and usually less than 15 miles from your address.

 

By using the offer, do I have to make a gift to Mind?

In any will you write or update through this offer you do not have to include a gift to Mind, or any charity. All we ask is when you make, or update your will consider if you could then include a gift to Mind. A gift of any value makes a difference, and helps ensure no one has to cope alone with a mental health problem.

 

I want extra services, like a trust fund or lasting power of attorney – do I pay for this?

Yes. More extensive work, for example a trust fund in your will may incur extra cost to you. Please make your needs clear to your chosen solicitor when arranging your appointment, and then you will be able to talk through costs for the extra work you will be asked to pay for. 

 

As my will is free, does Mind have to pay for this?

Mind has paid a discounted rate on a limited number of wills, which are offered freely to supporters. Simple wills, or simple mirror wills for you and a partner are free within the offer.

 

I’m ready to register, but how do I do it?

You can register online at mind.org.uk/wills by completing the form on our website. You can email legacies@mind.org.uk or telephone Douglas Flood in our wills team on 020 8215 2232 to register over the phone. Please note, we can only take registrations whilst the offer is open.

What happens next?

  1. Allow a couple of weeks from registering for your pack to arrive in the mail, detailing the offer and this includes participating solicitors near you.
  2. You have 3 months to contact your chosen solicitor, explain you are being referred from the Free Wills Network offer with Mind, then make your appointment.
  3. During your will making appointment the solicitor will work for you, to make or update your will which means you are in control.
  4. On concluding your will, you must complete a confidential declaration form, which facilitates payment.

 

Regulations

The National Free Wills Network conforms to relevant regulations of The Law Societies as well as the Charity Commission and the Institute of Fundraising.

 

Important information

Any participating solicitor you are referred to within the National Free Wills Network is an independent professional. You will receive from them impartial and confidential advice. All Network solicitors are members of their relevant Law Society. Participation of a firm of solicitors in the Network does not imply an endorsement by Mind.

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