Make a Free Will
We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with our friends at Railway Mission after over 1,000 free wills were created last year through this service. Kindly supported once again by the Retired Rail Officers Society, we are giving you the opportunity to have your will written absolutely free. This service is hosted by Bequeathed and can be used by anybody with a rail connection and their families.
Creating your free will can be done in three simple steps:
- Fill out an online questionnaire to gather the information needed to create your free will.*
- Book an online appointment or video call with a member of the Bequeathed legacy team, who will work with you to explore your options.
- Sign your will and have it witnessed. Bequeathed will provide all the information you need to ensure that this is done correctly.
Why is making a will so important?
Writing a will is the only way to ensure your final wishes for your estate are fulfilled. It is a chance to remember people and causes you care about in life. A clearly written will also avoids unnecessary confusion and stress for loved ones at an already difficult time.
Research gathered by insurance company Royal London has found that 54% of UK adults don’t have a will, and 5.4 million people have no idea how to make one. If you die without making a will, your estate will be divided based on laws out of your control and your wishes may not be carried out. But if you have made a will, or amended an existing one using the proper processes, then you are in control of what happens when you are no longer here.
“Having worked in rail all my life I was familiar with Railway Benefit Fund and the good work that they do. When I heard about Will Month, I jumped at the chance to get mine sorted for free. I don’t have a lot, but I wanted to make sure everything was straightforward for my children after my day. Having a will in place is reassuring for all the family.“
Are there any costs involved?
The majority of wills are defined as simple and will be totally free.
However, if the solicitor advises that your will is more complicated, you will have the option to pay the solicitor for the extra work. Should this be the case, it is of course your decision whether to proceed with this service.
You are under no obligation to include RBF in your will. However, once you have provided for those closest to you we hope you will take the opportunity to consider helping us. A gift in your will, such as a donation, or a percentage of your estate ensures we can continue to support the Railway Family going through difficult times when they need us.
We are so very grateful for any gift, large or small. Each one means we’ll be able to keep doing whatever it takes to support people who need us in the future.
I’m finding it really helpful. I sometimes go a long time without anyone to talk to and it’s very hard. I’m 94 and meeting new people is difficult, so check in and chat in my own home with a lovely lady to talk to is fantastic. I still manage to get to town to run my errands, although at my age I don’t run! But the casual conversations I have with shop keepers are nothing like the calls, which are much more personal and involved.
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the help and support this charity has given us, before this I felt so hopeless and worried about the future, it has been a really tough, stressful year but I now have some sense of positivity that things will get easier and that wouldn’t have happened without RBF’s support.
When I approached the RBF, I felt hopeless and that I had no chance of ever paying off all my debts. I sent in my application asking for support with my council tax and energy bills, and the charity provided me with a grant to finally pay off these debts. Since receiving this support, I feel so happy and relieved.