How to make the most of Free Will Registration Month: a checklist for law firms

Throughout May, The National Will Register will be offering free will registration to firms, will writers and members of the public alike during Free Will Registration Month using code FREEWILLREG23 online.

Free Will Registration Month is an excellent opportunity for law firms and will writers to promote their services, establish new clients, and remind existing ones of the importance of writing and updating their wills. Here are some essential steps that can help you make the most of May:

Register your will bank or any outstanding unregistered wills

By registering any wills that are not yet registered, or even your entire will archive, you are enabling protection for yourself and your clients against the will not being discoverable due to executors or beneficiaries not knowing of it and therefore an estate being administered incorrectly.

In our 2023 National Wills Report, 2 in 5 people have not discussed what should happen after they pass with their loved ones, and only a third of their parents had provided information on the location of a will. One in five will searches locates a will that impacts estate administration either as a will not known to exist or superseding a held will.

Registering the wills you have in safe storage means that they can be found through a Certainty Will Search, which not only provides certainty to loved ones at a difficult time, but also positions yourself to discuss next steps with the family.

Use Free Will Registration Month in your will writing campaigns

Using Free Will Registration Month as a part of your will writing campaign can help you entice clients to create new wills or update their existing ones. This will help you generate more business and increase awareness of the importance of registering wills. You can emphasise the importance of will registration and the benefits of doing so during this month.

Revitalise your clients to update their wills

It is important to revitalise your clients to update their wills if they haven’t done so in a while. In the National Wills Report, we found that over 20% of people haven’t updated their wills in the last 5 years which means it might not accurately reflect the circumstances of the testator as they initially intended. By leveraging Free Will Registration Month, you can encourage clients to update their wills during this month as a way to save time and money while ensuring that their wishes are respected.

By following this checklist, you can ensure that you are making the most of Free Will Registration Month and providing the best services to your clients. Registering wills on time, using this month as a part of your will writing campaign, and revitalising your clients to update their wills are all essential steps to achieve success.

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To register wills during Free Will Registration Month, register the will online and use code FREEWILLREG23 when prompted to do so.