General questions

Will my Will be completely free?


Yes, it is completely free for you. We’ll cover the cost of writing or updating your simple Will with our trusted partners.

What is meant by a simple Will?


A simple Will is a legal document that states who will inherit your assets and belongings after you pass away. You can also name an Executor(s) to carry out your wishes, and a Guardian(s) to care for your dependents.

What is meant by a complex Will?


A complex Will provides you with much more in-depth ways to distribute your estate.* You can discuss this with your chosen solicitor from the National Free Wills Network (additional fees may be applicable).

 

*everything owned by a person who has died is known as their estate.

I already have a Will and/or solicitor. Can I use your Free Will Services to update my Will?


Yes, you can make a completely new Will, either online or with a solicitor in person. It’s best to destroy your old Will to save any confusion.

If you want to amend your existing Will using the same solicitors, email legacies@pancreaticcancer.org.uk with the name and location of your solicitor. Then we can find out if they offer free Wills through our partner, the National Free Wills Network.

Do I have to leave a gift in my Will to Pancreatic Cancer UK?


There is no obligation to leave a gift, but many kind supporters choose to leave us a percentage of their estate*, which allows them to provide for loved ones first.

Gifts of all sizes support ground-breaking research into early diagnosis and better treatment and care. And allow us to provide information and specialist nurse support to people affected by pancreatic cancer.

Together we can transform the future. Thank you so much if you are considering supporting us in this very special way.

 

*everything owned by a person who has died is known as their estate.

Can a gift in my Will save on inheritance tax?


Any gifts left to charities, including Pancreatic Cancer UK, may reduce, or even eliminate your inheritance tax liability. Gifts to charities are 100% tax free.

Leaving 10% or more of your net estate* to charities will reduce inheritance tax on the remainder of your estate from 40% to 36%.

Please be aware that these rates may be subject to change and inheritance tax is a complex and often changing area of law. We do advise speaking with a professional, or visit the HMRC website to find out more.

 

*everything owned by a person who has died is known as their estate.

Online Wills with Farewill

Who is Farewill?


Farewill is the UK’s leading online Will provider and has been crowned National Will Writing Firm of the Year at the British Wills and Probate Awards every year since 2019.

Farewill’s Will-writing process is overseen by their legal team, headed up by a STEP-qualified solicitor. Every Will written through Farewill is reviewed by a Will-writing specialist who is supervised by their legal team of qualified, SRA regulated, solicitors.

How do I make my Will online?


  1. Simply follow Farewill’s instructions to write your online Will in less than 30 minutes.
  2. Within 5 days a Will-writing specialist will check your Will.
  3. Once you have completed and checked your online Will, you’ll see the option to print it. You can choose to order a printed copy for £5.64, or print it yourself for free.
  4. Whichever option you choose, the Will comes with a set of instructions explaining how to sign it to make it legally binding and how to store it – either at home or through the probate service.

Why is your online service only available to those who live in England and Wales?


Differences in the law around Will-writing and inheritance mean we can only offer our free online service to supporters who live in England or Wales. If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, we can offer a free Will through our trusted partners, the National Free Wills Network.

In person Wills with the National Free Wills Network

Who is the National Free Wills Network?


The National Free Wills Network is a collaboration between charities and local SRA regulated solicitors. Together, we provide free Will-writing services for people who support charities.

How do I make my Will using the National Free Wills Network?


  1. Complete our online form, giving us permission to forward your contact details securely to the National Free Wills Network
  2. The National Free Wills Network will send you details of participating SRA-regulated solicitors in your area. You can choose to receive details by post or email.
  3. You can then contact one of the solicitors to make your appointment.
  4. The solicitor will take your instructions, draft your Will and help you sign your Will in front of independent witnesses.

Here to help

If you would like more information, or your question hasn’t been answered, please contact Clare Norman.

Email: legacies@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Telephone: 0777 361 8166