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Do you have questions about writing or updating your Will? Ask Cancer Research UK’s representatives - £200 voucher to be won

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CeriGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 09-Sep-21 17:32:31

This Q&A is now closed for questions

Many of us have already written a Will, but it’s important to regularly review it as a change to your family structure, a house move or a decision to pledge a legacy gift to charity all might mean your Will needs to be updated. With this in mind, Cancer Research UK Legacy Management Officer Chloe Fairbrother, and WBW Solicitors Partner, Catherine Causey, are here to answer your questions on writing or updating your Will.

Here is some more information on CRUK’s representatives:

Chloe Fairbrother
As a Legacy Management Officer at Cancer Research UK, Chloe is responsible for ensuring that our supporters' generous legacy gifts are received in accordance with the wishes in their Will. She supports executors to administer an estate, ensuring gifts in Wills go on to fund a third of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.

Catherine Causey
Catherine Causey qualified as a Solicitor in 2005, and specialises in all aspects of private client work. She is now a Partner and head of the private client department at WBW Solicitors – one of Cancer Research UK’s trusted legal partners offering advice via the Free Will Service.

Here’s what Cancer Research UK has to say: “Our Free Will Service allows anyone 18+ to easily write or update a simple Will for free. We partner with best-in-class Will-writing providers, so you can make sure your final wishes and your loved ones are well looked after. Many supporters have chosen to pledge a gift in their Will when using our Free Will Service, because they are passionate about supporting the causes that matter to them.

We want to hear from Gransnetters via this thread, if you are considering writing or updating your will and want more information on leaving a gift in your Will. Our representatives from the Free Will Service are here to answer any questions.”

So do you have questions about writing or changing your Will? Perhaps you’re unsure how to go about updating it now your circumstances have changed? Have you decided you’d like to include a legacy gift to charity in your Will but you’d like some more information on how it works?

Whatever your questions around writing and updating your Will, post them on this thread and Catherine and Chloe will be back with the answers later this month.

Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666), the Isle of Man (1103) and Jersey (247).

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kathcake Fri 10-Sep-21 20:29:02

What do you need to include?

weather Sat 11-Sep-21 08:37:52

I came across an article on house ownership I am not sure if we are joint owners or tenants in common I do remember the solicitor asking me when I made a new will a couple of years ago , but I was unsure, they have our deeds and the firm they took over did the legal work can they tell me and would they charge me for checking for me ? Also if we decided to change from joint ownership to tenants in common how expensive would this be and what are the advantages?

FindingNemo15 Sat 11-Sep-21 09:14:30

I have a small amount of savings in my own name which I want to leave to charity. If I die first will this wish be carried out if I include this in my will or does it automatically become my husbands to do with what he wishes.

maisietoo Sat 11-Sep-21 11:55:15

Where should you store your will?

chris8888 Sat 11-Sep-21 14:43:47

I would just ask my family to make a suitable donation I wouldn`t force them by making it a condition in my will.

juliedee Sat 11-Sep-21 15:28:57

what happens if you don't name executors?

ElderlyPerson Sat 11-Sep-21 16:15:30

If someone has collected something over many years, nothing of any great value, say pictures that they saw in charity shops and the like, greetings cards they have received or bought at a museum shop and framed with everyday photo frames from high street shops and supermarkets, and so on, and lots of them are on walls in their home, so not of monetary value but nevertheless of sentimental value to them, what can be done about such a collection?

Silverbridge Sat 11-Sep-21 16:34:52

Will Cancer Research UK act as professional executors in an estate? If so, do you require the will to stipulate a minimum legacy to do so? What happens if, in the future, assets have to be disposed of to pay for care fees reducing the size of the legacy to below that minimum? Would CRUK still act? Is it just a risk you would take?

I assume that your trusted legal partners deal with the legal work. Do you have partners throughout the UK in major towns and cities?

Lisapaige24 Sat 11-Sep-21 21:19:37

I have cut one of my children out of my will can they contest the will to try and get a share of the money ? I have divided her share between my grandchildren (her children) instead when they turn 30

Kittyme1 Sat 11-Sep-21 22:07:43

What are the basic things that should be included?

PattyFingers Sun 12-Sep-21 03:59:36

Is there a place where all Wills are registered so that it is known that you have one?

laurenold Sun 12-Sep-21 11:29:32

At what age should I be thinking about drafting a will?

albertina Sun 12-Sep-21 19:33:30

I never got to see my late sister's will. Is there any way I can get to look at it ?

sarat Sun 12-Sep-21 20:34:11

I have a will but my husband doesn't. Would that be an issue if something happened to him?

JessK Mon 13-Sep-21 13:28:15

I made a will with a solicitor who has now moved away. If I want to make a new will locally do I have to contact the original solicitor to let them know?

MissAdventure Mon 13-Sep-21 17:01:08

I would like to ask if a solicitor will be able to talk through different scenarios with me, or am I expected to go with a more or less firm idea in mind, please?
Also, a will I make now would have to be very different in 5 or 6 years time.
Would I have to keep updating it (at huge cost?) each time there is a change?

fullarton121 Mon 13-Sep-21 19:08:39

What happens if a will is not made for a friend, which has no family left?

Lucylucciano Tue 14-Sep-21 13:35:40

Do you have to use a solicitor to write your will?

pappillion Wed 15-Sep-21 00:05:54

My original Will was made with a solicitor who has sadly passed, should I update it with a new firm? I'm worried because they had been part of several law firms over the years & unsure who is now holding my Will.

greig23 Wed 15-Sep-21 09:44:58

how do you know your will , will be actioned correctly

TrishJ Wed 15-Sep-21 11:32:26

Does anyone know how much a cover for a two seater sofa would cost?

ayjay Wed 15-Sep-21 11:37:48

What sort of person can be an executor of a will

INDIA505050 Wed 15-Sep-21 11:40:46

Do stocks and shares have to be sold on death and proceeds given to beneficiaries?

Echame Wed 15-Sep-21 11:43:55

I made my will about some years ago but have moved home since then so the property mentioned in the will to be left to my son is obviously invalid now. I asked the solicitor involved in that will if I should update the new address but was told not to as it would make the will invalid which rather surprised me.
I would just like to know if that is correct please?