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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 separate wills. Moving house, marriage or a change in family circumstance can prompt people to review their plans.

 

I want to create a trust fund in my will to look after the interests of a vulnerable person - can you help?

Because we are not solicitors, nor qualified in this area of law; we can't advise on this. Please obtain suitable professional advice in respect of these type of trusts.

 

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.

 

What if I live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, can I use this offer?

Yes. There are participating solicitors available in both Scotland and Northern Ireland. As with other parts of the UK the nearer you live to a larger town, or city usually results in a greater number of firms located closer to you.

 

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 just for this 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.

 

Answers on the Free Wills Month Promotion

Who can take part?

The campaign that Mind is part of this October, has participating solicitors located in: Bournemouth, Derby, Exeter, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottingham, Plymouth, Swansea and Torquay.

 

How do I / we register?

1. Visit the Free Wills Month website

2. Enter your postcode, and any required information?

3. The available solcitors near you, will be displayed and you can contact any of them to arrange your will

 

Do I have to make a gift to Mind?

Those using offer are under no obligation to make a gift to Mind, or any charity. Many people see this as a chance to help Mind with a gift in a will, and we just hope you would do the same.

 

I have seen an advert locally, or heard about this on the news or a consumer article, but what should I do next?

If you want to register, simply follow the steps as above. There has been public interest in the campaign, be aware other people may also now be looking for appointments, so arrange this early to avoid disappointment. 

 

I / we live outside this area, what can I / we do?

You can either check on the Free Wills Month website in case there's a similar offer in your area. Or you are welcome to check our website and if we are running our own free will offer, this is across the whole UK, and you can register for that.  

 

Is there an age restriction?

The Free Wills Month promotion is intended for those over 55. If you are making or updating a joint will with a partner, only one person need be 55 or over.

 

I'm younger than 55 (and my partner is too), what can we do?

You are welcome to check our website and if we are running our own free will offer, although this is intended for people over 55 this is open to people under 55 too, and you can register for that. 

 

I want to make or update wills jointly with my partner, is this allowed?

Yes, mention this to your chosen solicitor at the start, and joint wills can be made or updated together.

 

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

A simple will, or joint wills are free. 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. Yout will be able to talk through costs for just this extra work you will be asked to pay for.

 

Is this a Mind promotion?

Mind is one of a number of charities that are part of the campaign. The campaign itself is ran by our partners, Free Wills Month who operate the campaign on behalf of the charities taking part.

 

Terms and Conditions apply, see www.freewillsmonth.org.uk for details.

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