Freewills celebrates UK Charity Week with £100m milestone

An organisation that has helped over 1,900 charities to benefit from charitable gifting through wills is celebrating a major milestone after having helped charities to raise £100m to date.

FreeWills is an online, solicitor-checked service, which allows people to create their own bespoke, fully legal will, for free, from the comfort of their own home.

It is open to people of all ages and offers helpful step by step guidance, allowing most people to complete a free will within 15 minutes. Last year, a total of £37 million was pledged to their charity partners, which now number close to 2000. They benefit from Freewills “Gifts in Wills Service” which is also completely free to UK registered charities.

2023 has seen these numbers grow again, as more people become aware of the need to write wills, the options to leave a legacy and a wider selection of charitable causes to donate to.

In October alone, Freewills saw over £6m pledged to their partner charities, which combined with a strong year to date has seen the organisation breach the £100m milestone as UK Charity Week draws to an end.

Freewills was founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneur Carl Christensen and experienced will writer Jenny Chase with a mission to create a positive impact that benefits both legacy donors and a wide range of charities.

It was built with extensive input from will writing experts and is free and it is also possible to create a new will to replace an old one, with no charge to do this. Carl Christensen commented:

“These numbers are really encouraging and should be celebrated, not from the standpoint of Freewills as an organisation but from the perspective that this means more people are getting around to writing wills (there is still huge room for improvement) and in terms of the impact on a huge range of charities that can now benefit – not just the big names that we all know.

We work with some of the smallest good causes that might be village or even pet-breed specific to national and even international charities. We are all about bringing good causes and the people who want to support them together and we can do that through our free will writing service. October is often a positive month for us as the work around Free Wills Month boosts the focus on will writing in general but we want people and charities to know that with us, every month can be a Free Wills Month and we don’t have the age limit that Free Wills Month partners impose, or the monthly deadlines.”

FreeWills is a full member of The Society Of Will Writers and every single Will is checked, vetted and approved by an experienced practising solicitor. Carl concluded:

“Over 60% of British adults, a staggering 31 million adults, don’t have a will. We’re trying to change that incredible statistic.

We are often asked, quite understandably, why we offer our Free Will service twelve months a year and the simple answer is that we genuinely want to help people. Part of that is putting people above profit and using technology as a force for good. We genuinely want to make a positive impact and to help build a better world and we can do that with our unique offering that benefits both our clients and our charities.”

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