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It is a good idea to write a will as this lets everyone know your wishes for after your death. You can write your will yourself for free, but it is safer to use a solicitor as problems can arise after your death if there are mistakes or if the will is not entirely clear.However a solicitor will have their own charges to make a will.

If you don’t make a will, there are laws which will decide who is entitled to inherit your money and property, but this may not be who you would have wanted to inherit. You should keep your will up to date if your family changes, particularly if you divorce or marry or have children. See our guide 'Making your will' for more information.


Here at Age UK Gateshead, we have locally based solicitors who offer their time free of charge to us which enables us to offer a will writing service and raise funds to continue services at the same time.

In return for helping to draft a simple will (where everything will just go to the next generation/ friends or business, but doesn't involve trusts etc.), we ask for a minimum donation to Age UK Gateshead of £60 for a single will or £100 for a double (husband and wife or parent and son/daughter).

The initial appointment will be at our office on Gateshead High Street, with signing of the will once ready at the relevant local solicitors office. Both of the solicitors we use are based in central Gateshead.