- Unite Legal Services’ free will service is available to all members once they have been a member of the union for 13 weeks
- The service enables you to have a simple will prepared free of charge by one of the union’s panel of solicitors
- Using a high street solicitor to make a will can prove to be expensive
- Our expert solicitors will guide you through the will writing process, explaining the stages clearly to you
Contact us today for more information on our free Wills service.
It is easy to assume that your property and possessions will automatically pass to your loved ones when you die, but sadly this is not always the case. Writing a will is the only way to guarantee that your estate is administered and divided in accordance with your wishes – so it’s important you take the time now to make a will.
Making a will with a high street solicitor can be an expensive exercise, but Unite members can have a simple will drawn up for free* by one of Unite Legal Services’ panel of expert solicitors.
What happens if I die without making a will?
If a person dies without making a will they are ‘intestate’. This means the estate becomes subject to a strict set of inheritance laws, which quite simply do not take the deceased’s wishes into account. For example, the Rules of Intestacy make no provision for unmarried and unregistered partners. This means that on Intestacy, the surviving partner will not automatically inherit any of the property and possessions owned in the sole name of the deceased.
Similarly, the rules only recognise natural and adopted children, and so do not acknowledge step-children. As you can imagine, this situation can lead to complications for your loved ones when they come to sorting your affairs.
By choosing Unite the Union’s free will writing service, members can avoid such complications.
Making a will with Unite Legal Services
The Unite the Union free will service is available to all members once they have been a member of the union for 13 weeks.
To take up this service, contact your local Unite office. Please specify whether you require a single or mirror will.
*If your affairs are more complex we may have to make a small charge for this service.