Dementia UK is a member of the National Free Wills Network. The Network gives us the opportunity to pay for a limited number of simple Wills to be written by a solicitor in your local area, in any given year.
And after thinking of your family and friends, there is also a wonderful opportunity to remember a cause in your Will that matters to you – and that you’d like to be remembered for supporting, although there is no obligation to leave a gift to benefit from the free Will service.
Request a pack by filling in your address below. You’ll receive contact details of participating solicitors in your area that you can get in touch with directly to arrange an appointment (available in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland).
A simple Will is usually defined as having a small number of straightforward bequests. If you have overseas property or would like to create a trust, your Will is not likely to be classed as simple. Please speak to your chosen solicitor and they will be able to guide you.
It’s important we think ahead as the number of people diagnosed with dementia is estimated to rise from 850,000 to 1 million by 2025. Those husbands and wives, sons, daughters, and grandchildren will urgently need support. A gift in your Will could offer a lifeline to a family in years to come.
Although relatives and friends are the priority for most of us, many people also choose to remember a charity that means a lot to them in their Will. It’s straightforward to do and a gift like this – large or small – makes a lasting impact. What’s more, it allows us all to keep on making a difference to a cause we believe in once we’re no longer here.
Other supporters who have already remembered Dementia UK in their Wills have helped ensure that carers at breaking point have somewhere to turn. By pledging a gift, you can help prepare for future crises. You can give hope to families of the future in this thoughtful and far-reaching way.
Having dementia can raise particular issues when it comes to writing a Will. If you or your family member has dementia, you might also find the following information helpful:
Capacity to make a decision
Having dementia need not stop you making a Will providing you have what is called ‘mental capacity’. This means you:
understand the information given to you
are able to retain that information long enough to make a decision
can weigh up the information available to make a decision
can communicate the decision
A Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney lets you appoint someone to manage your affairs if, in future, you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. It can cover either ‘health and welfare’ or ‘property and financial affairs’ or both. The Lasting Power of Attorney must be registered with the Office of Public Guardian online.