Gifts in Wills allow us to keep on powering groundbreaking research during challenging times. They’re an incredible gift to the future, whatever the future holds.
One third of our life-changing research projects into causes, preventions and a cure for dementia are only made possible because of gifts in Wills. They allow us to continue to make vital progress in dementia research long into the future. This offers hope to our children, grandchildren and future generations of a world free from the heartbreak of dementia.
There’s no commitment to include a gift to Alzheimer’s Research UK in your Will if you choose to take up one of these offers. However, if you do want to leave the ultimate gift to the future, we would be incredibly grateful.
With the support of a solicitor
Write your Will for free with the National Free Wills Network
Available in: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.
Solicitors are following the government’s guidance therefore may not be taking face to face appointments in your area. Those who are able, are taking instructions following socially distancing rules and all solicitors are able to take instructions via the telephone and/ or Skype.
Through this partnership, anyone aged 55 or over can make a Will for free.
The offer covers simple single or mirror Wills. A simple Will is usually defined as having a small number of straightforward bequests. If you have overseas property, you’d like help with inheritance tax planning, or you’d like to create a trust, your Will is not likely to be classed as simple.
If the person making the Will has dementia, this may also affect whether they can make a simple Will as the solicitor will need to judge their capacity. This can sometimes cost more, for instance if the solicitor needs to get a letter from their doctor.
If you’re not sure if your Will would be covered by the offer, ask the solicitor when you call to make your appointment and they will advise you. If it’s not simple, they may offer a discount equivalent to the cost of a simple Will.
Online and telephone
Write your Will for free with Farewill
Available in: England and Wales (online and telephone Wills) Scotland and Northern Ireland (telephone service only)
We know that lots of supporters lead very busy lives and arranging time to meet with a solicitor isn’t always possible. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Farewill, the UK’s most popular Will writing service.
Simply follow the link and create an account to complete your Will instructions online.
Once you have submitted your instructions, the Farewill team will review your Will within 5 working days and may get in touch if they have any questions. As soon as Farewill have contacted you and they’re happy with your Will, you can download a copy, print it, and follow the instructions to make sure you sign and witness it correctly.
If you have dementia an online Will may not be the most appropriate option. If you would like to proceed with using Farewill, you might need to book a telephone appointment with the Farewill team. You can do this either through the chat function or via email, or Farewill may contact you directly to suggest using the telephone service.
If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, get started through the same link below and Farewill will direct you to their telephone Wills service.
Write your Will for free with Co-op Legal Services
Available in: England and Wales.
Many people like to combine the convenience of writing a Will online with the reassurance of speaking to a Will specialist before it is signed. For this reason, we’re working with Co-op Legal Services, who are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Through this offer you can start making your Will online and then finalise it with a follow-up call. This helps make sure it’s the right Will for you, by providing you with the chance to discuss your circumstances and answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to speak to the team straightaway, you can choose to call them instead and do everything over the phone.
The offer covers a free standard simple or mirror Will. If you require a non-standard or Trust Will then it is unlikely to be covered by this offer. The Co-op Legal Services team will let you know if this is the case, and no charge will be made without speaking to you first.
Find a specialist solicitor near you
Please note this is separate to the National Free Wills Network and those listed are not part of our free Will offers.
Alzheimer’s Research UK has compiled a list of solicitors and chartered legal executives who have experience of helping people affected by dementia.
Many are members of Solicitors for the Elderly or Solicitors for Older People (Scotland-only). They may have dementia-friendly offices, offer home visits, or otherwise be understanding of the particular needs of those affected by dementia.