How do I get started?
When you sign up, you can decide how you’d like to write your Will – the choice is yours!
The options include:
- With a local solicitor * – many of whom are happy to do telephone, video consultations or home visits on request.
- On the phone.
- Home visit*
- Video call
*Covid 19 restrictions allowing.
How old do I need to be?
Our free Will writing service is available to anyone 50 or over. If you are in a couple, just one of you needs to be 50 or over.
How is the Will paid for?
Tenovus Cancer Care will cover the cost of a simple Will to be written for you. Should you need a more complex Will, you will be invited to pay the difference to cover the increased cost.
There’s absolutely no obligation to leave Tenovus Cancer Care a gift in your Will, but we are thrilled and grateful that so many people choose to support us in this way.
Gifts in Wills help us secure a future that gives anyone in Wales access to the very best cancer treatment and support. A future that reduces the impact of cancer, gives people hope and helps them to live their best lives.
Who are your will writing Partners?
Our Partners are known in the charity field as industry leaders and we’re proud to work with them to offer you a variety of ways to write your Will.
- Local Solicitors
You can find a solicitor in your area by viewing our interactive map and contact lists. All you need to do is give your chosen Solicitor a call and let them know that you’ve contacted them as part of Tenovus Cancer Cares Free Wills Month campaign. They will then book an appointment with you to visit them (Covid-19 restrictions allowing). Some Solicitors are happy to do home visits or phone consultations, so please ask if it’s something you are interested in.
- Online Will writing:
Farewill provide simple online Wills in England & Wales. Once you have registered with us for a free online Will, we send you a link so you can get started straight away. This link will direct you to Farewill’s website where you will be guided through an online form setting out the terms of your Will. If you have any problems or questions whilst creating your Will, you can contact them via their webchat service. They also provide a telephone service if you’d rather chat to someone. Once you’ve completed your Will, Farewill will review it within five working days and will get in touch with you if they have any questions. When they have completed your Will, they will send you a link so you can download a copy, print it and sign and witness it.We ask that you complete your Will within six months of registering with us.
- Home Visits and Telephone:
The Goodwill Partnership (TGP) is an established best practice, home-visit Will writing service created in 2009 specifically to work with UK Charities. TGP provide home-visit service to all postcodes in England and Wales; a TGP trained home-visit counsellor will visit you at home to take your instructions and create your Will. Your home visit is likely to take around an hour. Your Will will then be reviewed by a panel of solicitors, who are regulated by SRA and The Law Society, before being sent back to you to sign. Your TGP councillor will offer the option to have your Will stored with the Panel Solicitor and to take advantage of TGP’s lifetime membership (allowing unlimited future updates and amendments) for just £24 per annum. There is no obligation for you to do this, however it is important your Will is stored securely. The full process will take 2-4 weeks and we ask that you complete your Will within six months of registering with us.
Can I make changes to my Will?
You can make or update your Will as part of our Free Wills Month campaign. If you want to make changes to your Will, you can do so at any time by contacting your Solicitor or chosen Will writing Partner.
It’s recommended that you update your Will if you make any life changes that could impact your current Will. For example: moving to a new house, the arrival of grandchildren, family bereavement, changes to your financial situation.
Self-isolating and getting your Will witnessed
Self-isolating doesn’t mean that you need to put off writing your Will. Our Partners can take you through the process on the phone, online, or via video call. However, getting your Will witnessed can cause concern, but you don’t need to put it off.
To get around this, you could arrange for both of your witnesses to watch through a closed window as you sign your Will – it’s important that they’re present at the same time for this.
Then, after ensuring that your witnesses have recently sanitised their hands, you can pass your Will through your letterbox. You’ll then need to return to the window to watch them both add their details and signatures to your Will – ideally, they should use their own pens for this.
After sanitising their hands again, they can return the will to you through the letterbox, allowing you to put it away somewhere safe. For more information on this, Farewill have some good guidance on Will writing and witnessing when self-isolating.
How are gifts left to Tenovus Cancer Care spent?
Gifts in Wills are hugely important to Tenovus Cancer Care and make up a large part of our income.
We want a future that gives anyone affected by cancer, in Wales and beyond, the best access to the treatment and support they need. A future that reduces the impact of cancer, gives people hope and helps them to live their best lives. And gifts in Wills help us do just that.
Whatever your gift, even 1% can help us give hope, help and a voice to anyone affected by cancer in Wales.
I’m worried about money, can Tenovus Cancer Care help?
A cancer diagnosis for you or someone you love can lead to unexpected costs. If you’re unable to work or have to make changes to your lifestyle, it can be expensive. And if you’re unable to work, bills can quickly mount up. There are often benefits and grants that you might be entitled to which can help with some of the financial pressure of cancer.
Our team of expert Benefits Advisors can talk to you about what financial support is available and guide you through the complex benefits system. We can look at your circumstances like your financial situation, who you live with and what health needs you have, and advise you in detail about any welfare benefits, grants, or practical help that you should perhaps be getting.
They can also help with applications, and advise on challenging benefits decisions or help with progressing claims where necessary. Please click here to find out how to chat with a Benefits Advisor.