Website to offer free will-writing service to charities

Supporters will be given a code to enable them to use it online

A new website that produces bespoke legal documents will offer charities a free will-writing service for their supporters.,owned and operated by the legal firm Last Cawthra Feather LLP, will give charities a code that can be used by their supporters to obtain the service for free on the site.

The site’s software asks users a series of questions, then puts together a legally sound will that can be printed out. If the user wants a lawyer to check it, this can be done for a fee.

Simon Stell, managing partner at LCF, told Third Sector that the idea to offer the service for free to charities came about because he felt the money that was being used to pay solicitors to write wills could be used to fund their front-line work instead.

"Going to a solicitor is quite an intimidating process, and that is why most people haven’t written a will," he said.

"The process of writing a will isn’t a pleasant one. But if you are writing it on the internet, you can do it as it suits you. We think the legal sector hasn’t fully embraced the internet yet."

Stell said he hoped that when charities used the website for the free will-writing service, they might be interested in buying other products from it in the future.

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