Free will offers for our supporters

As a valued Action for Children supporter you can have your will written for free.

You have the choice to write your will online. Or a specialist can phone you.

You don't have to include Action for Children in your will to use these free services. But a gift of any size would make a difference.

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Why leave a gift in your will?

Gifts in wills are vital in keeping our services running and thriving. Last year gifts in wills helped 8,000 children and young people find a stable and loving home. This is just one example of their impact.

In total we reached 387,000 children, young people and their families. We did this through 476 local services across the UK, as well as in schools and online.

But there are still vulnerable children who desperately need our help.

For vulnerable children we’re family. And you can be too. A gift in your will could transform a child's life.

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Make a will online

Farewill

Write your will online in as little as 15 minutes and take care of what really matters.

Farewill are the UK's #1 online will writing service. With live online support from specialists.

Register now to get your free will promo code.

Get your free will online

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Make a will over the phone

The Goodwill Partnership

Have your will written for free, by a trained counsellor over the phone.

Book an appointment with The Goodwill Partnership. They're the largest supplier of best practice, home-visit wills in England and Wales.

Register now to access your free will offer.

Request your phone appointment

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How do I leave a gift in my will?

Our trusted will-writing partners are ready to help. When writing your will online with Farewill you will be asked if you would like to leave a gift to charity. Likewise, with The Goodwill Partnership you can discuss your potential gift at your appointment. You can then decide if you would like to leave a specific amount of money or a percentage of your estate. And they will take care of the rest.

We always recommend that you think of friends and family first, as well as getting independent legal advice. If you change your mind at any time, you can remove Action for Children from your will easily, without telling us.

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"It was from having had first-hand experience of pupil deprivation through teaching in and visiting a wide range of schools in different locations that made me decide to leave a gift in my will to Action for Children, a charity whose work is clearly targeting the main issue designed to meet the needs of family poverty and deprivation. Action for Children deserves the maximum support it can achieve."

Derek
Action for Children Legacy Pledger

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do they cover?

England and Wales

How does it work?

Farewill guide you step-by-step through a series of questions so they can create your personalised will.

How are the wills written?

Farewill work with expert legal advisors to make sure they use the latest in legal precedents in all their wills. Based on the information you enter on the site, they personalise your will to you and draft it with the same structure and content lawyers use.

How long does it take?

Most people finish in 10 - 15 minutes - though it’s recommended that you take your time to fully understand everything. If you need more time, pause and come back, your information will still be there.

What is covered in the Farewill free will offer?

This offer will cover the cost of having your will written and made legally binding.

There is an optional £10 per year fee to have unlimited access to update your will. You can opt into and out of this service.

Farewill are not yet able to provide wills to the following groups of people:

  • People with disabled dependants
  • People who want to set up trusts mitigating their
  • inheritance tax liability
  • People with significant estates outside of the UK
  • People who lack testamentary capacity
  • People who are blind, illiterate, or significantly visually impaired
  • People domiciled outside of England or Wales

How do you make your will legally binding?

For a will to be legally binding, it must be written down and signed by the person whose will it is and two witnesses. Once this is done, it is legally valid.

There are four important criteria that all valid wills must meet:

  • The person making the will must be over 18, not under any undue influence, and have 'testamentary capacity'.
  • The will must be properly written and formatted.
  • The will must be signed by the person making the will and two witnesses (ordinary people, not solicitors).
  • The person making the will must understand what is in it, the effect that it will have, and approve of its content.

How should you store your will?

You can store a will in your own home, or pay for a will storage service. If you keep it at home, put it somewhere safe and make sure you tell your executors where it is.

Where do they cover?

England and Wales

How does it work?

The process is made extremely simple. Your will instructions can be taken over the phone by a trained counsellor at a time convenient to you: daytime, evenings or weekends.

There are no extra charges for out-of-hours visits.

Who will provide my will?

Your will is checked and provided directly to you by one of their panel firms of solicitors. All solicitors are fully qualified, practising and are regulated by The Law Society.

What is covered in the Goodwill Partnership free will offer?

Their service includes a free, no-obligation home-visit consultation.

The offer includes the cost of having your will written and made legally binding.

For a small annual administration fee, they provide free replacement and updated wills as often as you require, plus legal advice for you and your executors from the panel solicitors who provide and store your will.

Where should I store my signed will?

The Goodwill Partnership recommend that you store your signed will with the panel solicitors for safe-keeping. They will provide you with an unsigned copy will to keep at home for your records. A copy of your will is also stored electronically on a computer data-base for your added convenience and peace of mind.