Free Wills Month

Every March and October, the RNLI takes part in Free Wills Month. If you are aged 55 or over, you can have your Will written or updated for free. Find out how you can take advantage of the Free Wills Services.

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Protect your loved ones’ future with a free simple Will

What is Free Wills Month?

Taking place every March and October, Free Wills Month is a campaign that brings together many different charities, including the RNLI, to offer members of the public aged 55 or over the opportunity to have their Will written or updated for free. Using a network of participating solicitors across England, Scotland, and Wales, you can have your simple Will written or updated at no cost. 

Please note that due to Covid-19, law firms, like many other businesses, have had to adapt to the developing public health situation. Each law firm with have an option or options available to make sure you feel safe and comfortable during the Will writing process – this is a combination of using meeting spaces large enough to socially distance, video calls and phone calls. 

Please be assured that if it’s not possible for you to visit a solicitor during Free Wills Month, you can simply register in March and have an appointment at a time that suits you. 

Although there is no obligation to do so, we do hope you will consider leaving a gift in your Will to the RNLI. Your special gift could help keep our lifesavers safe when they head out into rough seas to rescue someone in peril. Indeed, 6 in 10 launches are only possible thanks to gifts in Wills. 

Outside of Free Wills Month, the RNLI has other free Will writing services, including online, over the phone and face-to-face, available to supporters aged 18 and over, all year round. Visit the Free Wills Services page to find out more.

What will your legacy be?

Making a Will ensures that your wishes will be respected. This means you can provide for your loved ones, knowing they won’t need to deal with legal complications. Above all, it gives you peace of mind to enjoy life knowing that, whatever legacy you plan to leave behind, it’s safely taken care of.

Free Wills Month is the perfect opportunity to have your Will written, or to update your Will so it more accurately reflects your wishes and ensures your family know exactly what you want to happen.

Once you’ve ensured your loved ones are looked after, we hope you’ll consider leaving a gift in your Will to the RNLI. Any gift, large or small, could be the protective gear, training and equipment that helps prepare and protect our lifesavers. 

Making your Will for free is easy

If you or your partner are aged 55 or over, you can contact a participating solicitor in England, Wales and Scotland to make a free simple Will as part of Free Wills Month. If your Will is more complex, you may be asked to pay the difference in cost. However, the cost/fee will always be agreed with your solicitor beforehand, so you won’t face an unexpected bill. 

To find your nearest participating solicitor in England, Wales or Scotland, or if you have any queries about legacy giving in general, please contact the RNLI Gifts in Wills Team. You will then be given the details of participating solicitors near you, who you can call to book an appointment. 

Free Wills Month and the RNLI work exclusively with schemes that only use solicitors who are professionally qualified and regulated.

Telephone: 0300 300 0124

Email: legacy_enquiry@rnli.org.uk

Or to find out more about Free Wills Month, visit freewillsmonth.org.uk.

If you are under 55 or prefer to write your free Will online or over the phone

Writing your Will through Free Wills Month is only available to those over the age of 55 and must be done face-to-face with a solicitor (or, due to coronavirus in line with government guidelines). If you are younger or would prefer to write your Will online or over the phone, you can still have your Will written or updated for free online by taking advantage of the RNLI free Wills services

Terms and Conditions

To learn more about the terms and conditions of Free Wills Month, please visit our dedicated webpage.