Free Will Service
What is the Free Will Service?
Our Free Will Service allows anyone 18+ to easily write or update a simple Will for free.
Most people who use the service pledge a gift to Cancer Research UK. Their support is helping to beat cancer for future generations.
If you require an urgent Will, highlight this at the earliest opportunity when you speak to any of our Will-writing providers.
Write your Will in 30 minutes with professional support from Farewill. Available to supporters in England and Wales. Use code 'CRUKFREE' at checkout.
Start your Will online with Co-op Legal Services and and get a follow-up call to discuss and finalise your Will. Available in England and Wales.
If you are based in Scotland, start your Will online with Wills by Brodies and get a follow up call to discuss and finalise your Will.
Over the phone
Create your simple Will over the phone with Co-op Legal Services. Available to supporters in England and Wales.
Call 0330 606 9627
There are certain requirements that a Will must meet, to ensure it is valid.
- Your Will must be on paper, a ‘soft’ copy of your Will on a computer is not valid
- Your Will must be signed by you, in the presence of two witnesses, who also sign your Will in your presence
- These witnesses can be anyone over 18, neither can be a beneficiary of your Will, nor the spouse or civil partner of a beneficiary of your Will
- These witnesses do not need to read your Will or be aware of its contents
Find more information on the Citizens Advice website here.
Email or phone us if you have questions around administering a Will or want to pay in a donation.
Phone: 020 3469 8797
Please continue to contact us by phone or email as above, rather than sending letters or cheques because we have limited access to our offices due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. Thank you.
We understand that the legal tasks that come with a cancer diagnosis can seem overwhelming. That is why we are piloting a new Legal Guidance Service - working with a team of trusted solicitors to help guide you through these tasks, making the process as simple and easy as possible. Anyone using our service will get a free 60-minute consultation with a solicitor, will be able to write a simple Will for free and will also get a discount towards other legal services they may require.
As this is a brand new service for Cancer Research UK, our face-to-face service is only running in limited areas at the moment (York, Northampton and Wymondham). If you would like the Legal Guidance Service to be available in your area in the future, let us know. We have now also launched a virtual service which is available across England and Wales.
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Updates on our life-saving work
Finding out more about your Local Partnership Manager
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Inheritance Tax Relief
Currently, if your estate is worth more than £325,000, the executors of your Will may have to pay inheritance tax at 40%. A way of reducing this bill is to leave 10% or more of your estate to charity as you may then qualify for a reduced rate of inheritance tax (36% rather than 40%) giving you more control over your own money.
You can calculate your predicted inheritance tax liability, and how this can be reduced with a gift to charity using the government’s inheritance tax calculator.
Inheritance tax can be complicated, so if you think that your estate might need to pay it, it makes sense to get professional advice.