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National Free Wills Network

Make or amend your will for free

Using the National Free Wills Network, we will put you in touch with a solicitor who will help you make or amend a simple will at no cost.

What is the National Free Wills Network?

The National Free Wills Network offers free will-writing services to supporters of charities that subscribe to the Network.

All member charities have access to a national network of solicitors. With over 700 law firms currently involved, it is the aim of the Network to have a participating solicitor within 15 miles of every supporter referred to the service.

Who pays for my will?

Shelter will pay a discounted rate for a simple individual or mirror will (as defined by the solicitor). If the will is not a simple will, you will be charged for any necessary additional work such as tax advice, discretionary trusts, lasting power of attorney and so on.

Who is eligible to use the Network?

The Network opportunity is intended for Shelter supporters, recorded on our supporter database, aged over 55. There are a limited number of wills that can be written each year so this offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do I need to include a gift to Shelter in a will written through the Network?

Gifts in wills to Shelter help us to continue our work to prevent homelessness, improve housing conditions and strengthen communities. We’d really appreciate it if you decide to include a gift in your will, however, there is no obligation to do so.

How do I apply?

To apply, please call 0344 515 2062 to speak to Kate McGrath, our Legacy Adviser, who will be happy to help, or email her at

What happens next?

  1. You will be sent a pack detailing local participating solicitors.
  2. You choose which solicitor to make an appointment with and contact them to make an appointment ensuring you mention the National Free Wills Network.
  3. You have your appointment with your chosen solicitor.
  4. Your will is written according to your instructions and you complete a confidential declaration form.
  5. Shelter pays for your simple will at a discounted rate.


The National Free Wills Network conforms to relevant regulations of The Law Societies of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as the Charity Commission and the Institute of Fundraising.


Any solicitor you are referred to as part of the National Free Wills Network is an independent professional from whom you will receive impartial and confidential advice. All Network solicitors are members of their relevant Law Society. Inclusion of a firm of solicitors in the Network does not imply a recommendation by Shelter.

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