Make a Will for Free 

Making a Will can seem like a daunting and expensive task, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

Today, anyone wondering how to make a Will can take advantage of the many free will-writing services available. Whether you would like to sit down in-person with your solicitor and discuss your wishes or make an online Will, there is a free Will option to suit everyone.

At UNICEF we have teamed up with two will-writing services to make it easier for our supporters to write or update their Will.

Continue reading to discover which free will-making service is the right one for you.

Alternatively, fill in our contact form and Pauline, our Gifts in Wills manager will contact you to discuss your options.

Please contact us by completing the form below to learn more about making your free Will and we will be in touch with you shortly.

 

    Free Wills Network

    When writing a Will, many people will choose to sit down with their local solicitor to seek advice and discuss the best way to gift their assets. We have partnered with the Free Wills Network which is working with charities across Ireland.  They have approximately 70 solicitors registered with them who will make your Will for free. All participating solicitors are registered with the Law Society of Ireland.

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    Write your Free Will and Testament with Free Wills Network

    If the Free Wills Network sounds like the right option for you, here are the steps you need to take:

    1. Get in touch with us and provide your address and contact details.
    2. Within 5-7 working days, you will receive an information pack from the Free Wills Network, which will include the list of participating solicitors close to where you live. The pack will also include the terms and conditions and a Will Planner. These will help you plan and prepare for your consultation with your chosen solicitor.
    3. Arrange an appointment with your preferred solicitor from the list provided.
    4. Complete and sign the “Confidential Declaration Form” for the solicitor. This will be in your pack and will be returned to the Free Wills Network by your solicitor to confirm that you have availed of the service.

    Making a Will Online

    For those who prefer the convenience of making an online Will, LawOnline offers users a free, easy-to-use will-making service. The web-based service enables users to draft their own personal legal documents including a comprehensive range of Wills in the comfort of their own home.

    LawOnline range of online Will templates are drafted in compliance with Irish law.  Once you have drafted your Will you have the option to have it reviewed by one of their solicitors at a small additional fee.

    LawOnline makes estate planning easy, secure and ideal for those looking to make a Will online.

    Next Steps to Creating your Will Online

    1. Contact our Gifts in Wills Manager; Pauline (pauline@unicef.ie)
    2. Pauline will send you an information Legacy Booklet which includes your voucher code and some useful tips and information.
    3. Visit lawonline.ie and select ‘Personal Documents’ and you will see Wills at the bottom of the list and choose the type of Will you wish to make.
    4. Select ‘Digital Only or ‘With Solicitor Review’.
    5. Enter the relevant voucher code reference for the type of Will selected.  You can then proceed to write your Will.
    6. Once you have it completed, you just print and have it signed and witnessed.

    There are a series of prompted questions which help you through the process, step by step.  You also can see your progress and pause and save your document should you wish to complete it later.

    How to Leave a Gift to UNICEF in your Will

    If you make the very generous decision to leave a legacy gift to UNICEF in your Will, there is some information you will need to include. The details you will need are

    Our Registered Charity Number: 20008727

    Our Revenue CHY Number: 5616

    Our Registered Offices: 33, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

    When writing your Will you can choose to leave a specific amount, or you may wish to consider leaving a percentage of your estate once all your loved ones are provided for. Many do find this option the best as by choosing to leave a percentage, the proportion of your legacy gift will remain the same, regardless of whether the value of your assets increase or decrease in the future.

    Suggested wording could be as follows:

    “I give and bequeath (a set % – in figures and words) to UNICEF Ireland, 33, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 – Registered Charity Number 20008727 and (CHY 6516) to be used for its general charitable purposes”.

    Terms and Conditions

    Both schemes cover the cost of a simple straightforward Will/Mirror Will. Where you need advice for a more complex Will, you will need to arrange any additional costs with your chosen Will-writing service. Both schemes are available in Ireland and are for those aged 18 years and over.

    It is your decision alone on what should be included in your Will and your solicitor will give you independent advice.

    You do not have to include a charitable gift to UNICEF in your will, but we hope as a UNICEF supporter that you will consider including a legacy gift and continue to support children in need around the world.

    Contact Pauline to learn more

    You can talk in confidence to our Legacy Gifts Manager, Pauline who will help guide you in writing your Will and send you information on our free will-writing services available.

    Phone: 01 878 3000

    Email: pauline@unicef.ie

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