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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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rowyn Wed 15-Sep-21 12:12:04

I have made a will which is simple and divides everything ( if anything left !) between 2 people.

I'm now beginning to worry about one of these people in terms of their mental health. I'm wondering if I should somehow stipulate that the other beneficiary should be given Power of Attorney to make sure any money is used wisely. Obviously they would have to agree to take on this responsibility..

I used one of these charity 'will months' to make the will - can't remember exactly which charity, so paid approx £100.

How much would it cost to change my will and add this condition regarding one beneficiary? And could it be done through one of these charity schemes or would I have to pay the full price?

I hope I've made this clear. I'm trying to avoid any possibility of identification.

Hazeld Wed 15-Sep-21 12:32:56

We made wills 30 years ago not long after we got married (second time for both) and agreed 50/50 split with everything going to children from recent marriages. I would like to to make new wills and have everything split equally between the 3 children but I think my OH wants to leave it as it is i.e. his daughter gets half and so my 2 get a quarter each? What do you think? We've always treated them equally up to now so why not when we die?

libra10 Wed 15-Sep-21 12:42:13

My husband and I had wills done by a solicitor many years ago.

If we decided to update our will, would it be as expensive as writing a new will, or less costly?

cfmp Wed 15-Sep-21 13:25:03

Is it better to have new wills written or to have codicils added. We only need to change the executors and would like to add one beneficiary?

annette18 Wed 15-Sep-21 13:33:03

Do I need to update my will
My husband died and when I asked I was told mine was fine and didn't need updating

Jinty64 Wed 15-Sep-21 13:49:44

In Scotland children are entitled to claim a percentage of movable estate.

What counts as moveable estate?

Can a policy (insurance) be “willed” to someone for a specified use or must it be cashed and become part of the moveable estate?

Albangirl14 Wed 15-Sep-21 14:03:20

If leaving money to Grandchildren should they each be named? What if another baby comes along after the Will is written?

MichStew Wed 15-Sep-21 14:30:51

My wife and I have updated our mirror wills fairly recently but what we really need to knuckle down to is to create a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for each of us so that, should we become mentally or physically incapacitated in some way, the other partner or our children will have such power to make sure our affairs are ordered as we would wish. We got a solicitor to do the LPA for my wife's father which has proved very useful now he is becoming more and more restricted in what he can do both physically and mentally. We are minded to use the online Government site to try to do our LPAs ourselves, using his LPA as a model. Are there any serious downsides to doing that?

florrie01 Wed 15-Sep-21 14:39:05

I have a certain amount of money to leave to my grandchildren. As there may well be more grandchildren can i just specify the money is to be equally split rather than updating every time

cathisherwood Wed 15-Sep-21 19:11:31

If I made a will splitting my estate between my grandchildren and leaving nothing to their parents- my children would it be contested and overturned?

dancingfeet Wed 15-Sep-21 20:02:26

We have recently discovered that the solicitor who was holding our will has gone out of business. We were not notified and have no idea where the original will is. We have copies. Are these still valid? We also need to make changes so I am assuming we find another solicitor. Will it cost less than the original to make changes.

Authoress Wed 15-Sep-21 20:29:13

I have bits that I would like to offer to the local museum on my death. Can I write that into my will?

Harris27 Wed 15-Sep-21 20:55:30

How much is the average cost of a will?

RainbowChild Wed 15-Sep-21 21:32:37

If you move into a parents house to care for the parent in their twilight years, and there is no will, would another sibling be able to force you to leave the house in order to sell it or would you have any rights in order to be able to stay in the house and continue living in it as your home?

jollo Thu 16-Sep-21 08:50:27

Where should you keep a will

Scooty413 Thu 16-Sep-21 11:00:35

My elderly parents own a property in Spain as well as a property in England.

I do have a will here in the UK, but wonder if I need to do anything different with my will because of the Spanish property, should they pass away? I have 2 brothers and the estate will be a 3 way split. Thanks.

burwellmum Thu 16-Sep-21 12:41:08

What do we do about a spouse named as an executor but who doesn't really have capacity any more.

gran1 Thu 16-Sep-21 14:57:18

I would like to update my will and include 3 other charities I have supported for many years. Originally my will did not include these. If using a charity's will writing service
would there be any difficulty in carrying out my wishes?

dollydog Thu 16-Sep-21 16:12:45

As a single parent, who's child hasn't had contact with her dad in 6 yrs, what do I need to be aware of in terms of expressions of child care wishes.

greenrambo Thu 16-Sep-21 19:06:56

Is there a point in a will if I have basically no financial assets at all? Just a few physical possessions that no one is going to fight over as they're not worth anything.

LizMorgan84 Thu 16-Sep-21 22:02:20

My step dad has a will which is around 20 years old and there is a lot of differences from when it was wrote till now, a new home, retired etc. Would the old will still stand if he didn’t renew

20forever Thu 16-Sep-21 22:17:54

My question is - my mother has dementia and I am worried I might get it too. What actions can I put In place whiles I am still sound of mind for future safety / comfort of my family

ems07957 Thu 16-Sep-21 22:23:05

I need to change my will following a family issue but how do I ensure the new will is the one that will be used should I die?

dahlia08 Thu 16-Sep-21 22:28:01

What is included in the list or what is a basic list?

wendybiv Fri 17-Sep-21 01:43:38

Is it costly to make changes to an existing will?