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Q&A on writing wills with MacMillan Cancer support - ANSWERS BACK

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-Jan-13 11:38:05

All parents want to make sure they have put the best possible provisions in place for their child's care and wellbeing. It's easy however to forget that this means looking beyond just the day to day and planning for the worst case scenario - what would happened if you weren't around to look after your children yourself?

Few parents realise that the only sure way to ensure their child is taken care of as they wish should they pass away is to write a will. For example, if a parent of a minor child dies where there is no appointed guardian this could result in the child being taken into care whilst a guardian is appointed. Despite this, research says that half of adults in the UK today have not yet put pen to paper.

To tackle this problem Macmillan Cancer Support has launched its new Discounted Will-Writing Service, helping people save money writing their wills. Anyone can use this service, but it's been designed to help Macmillan supporters and people affected by cancer by recommending trusted legal professionals. By using the Discounted Will-Writing Service, mums can rest assured that their kids and the things they care about most in life will always be taken care of as they wish.

To celebrate the launch, Macmillan Cancer Support are offering mumsnetters the chance to ask all your will writing related questions, big or small, to an expert panel including a legal professional. The panel includes Helen Eddleston, Legacy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support and Liliana Mahon, a solicitor in the Wills, Probate and Wealth Protection department at Shoosmiths Access Legal.

Post your questions on this thread by midday on Monday 4th February and answers will then be posted on Mumsnet on 8th February - so look out for the guidance you need on wills.

MacmillanWillWritingExperts Mon 11-Feb-13 13:40:28


Hi I'm very keen to get a will arranged as I'm no longer in contact with my mum, but my partner (we're not married) says we don't need one. Can I have a will drawn up without his involvement which expresses my wishes for my children? Would it be legally binding if he didn't sign? Thanks

It’s really important for unmarried couples to have a Will. There are lots of ‘urban myths’ about common law wives and husbands. We often hear people saying that ‘it’s okay because my family will look after my partner – they know what I want to happen’ unfortunately, that is not the case! Without a Will you and your partner will find it legally very difficult to deal with financial matters if one of you dies. But, if you can’t convince your partner to do it, then yes, you can make a Will on your own. In fact, a Will is usually only signed by one person not by a couple. If your partner has parental responsibility for your children then, if you were to die, he is responsible for the day to day care of your children. As in some of the other replies above, if you do leave instructions about the care of your children then do bear in mind this is an expression of your wishes made by you. If there were ever a question about who should care for your children then it would be taken into account.

One option for writing your will is to use Macmillan Cancer Support’s new Discounted Will Writing service, which helps people find a legal professional they can trust to write their will at discounted prices. Anyone can use this service, but it's been designed to help Macmillan’s supporters and people affected by cancer. The service is available in a variety of ways: online, over the phone or face to face with a solicitor at home or in a branch. There are affordable options to suit people’s needs, with professionally written wills starting from just £69 and discounts start from 10% upwards, depending on the service that you use. This means that it really is incredibly simply to make sure the people and things you care about most are taken care of after you’re gone.

You can find out more about the Discounted Will-Writing Service at:

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Feb-13 13:44:10

Thanks to everyone for joining the Q&A. Macmillan would like to acknowledge the support of the panel from The Goodwill Partnership who helped contribute some legal background to the answers.

tuckingfits Mon 11-Feb-13 18:01:09

thank you very much for the answers & information provided here. Very interesting & just highlights the need to get a formal Will written.

ronnierhino Wed 27-Mar-13 17:53:30

Many thanks for the advice. I will be booking an appointment ASAP. A great Q&A thanks

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