Why should I write a will?
Without a will, your estate will be divided according to the law, which may not be the way you wish your money and possessions to be distributed. So it’s important that you make a will with the help of a solicitor to ensure your last wishes are met.
Do I need a solicitor to write my will?
It is always best to use a solicitor or to have a solicitor check a will you have drawn up, to make sure it is legally valid and will have the effect you want.
How do I choose a solicitor?
Whilst WaterAid cannot recommend a solicitor, The Law Society can help you find a one in your area. For more information please call 020 7242 1222 or visit www.lawsociety.org.uk
How much does a will cost?
The cost of writing a will varies depending on how complicated it is. You can ask several solicitors what they charge before making your decision.
In partnership with WaterAid, The Co-operative offers a discounted will-writing rate of £100.
To receive your discount code please call John Sharp on 020 7793 4594 or email [email protected]
What should I include in my will?
It’s worth considering what you want to include in your will before seeing a solicitor.
You should consider:
- What money and belongings do you have? For example property, savings, pensions, insurance policies and bank accounts.
- Who do you want to remember in your will? List all of the family members, friends and causes you care about.
- Who would you like to be your executor? That's the person who will carry out your wishes in your will.
I’ve already made a will. Do I need to make a new one?
If you already have a will and would like to make some changes, you do not need to make a new will. Instead you can add a codicil to your will and send it to your solicitor. A codicil is a document which allows you to make changes or additions to an existing will and must be read in conjunction with it.
Download a codicil form ( PDF File 334KB) >
What if I need to change my will?
That’s okay – we understand that circumstances can change. You can change the content of your will at any time. We will never pressure you to tell you us whether you have left WaterAid a gift in your will, though of course we’ll always be delighted to hear from you, so we can say thank you.