Your Will is the safest way to protect those closest to you and lets you choose what happens to your money and possessions.

It also makes it easier and less stressful for your family while they try to sort out your affairs after you're gone.

If you don't write a Will, the law decides how your estate is passed on – and this might not be as you had wished.

For more information on what to consider before starting to have your Will written or updated, request our free Will guide.

Finding a solicitor 

We recommend using a professional solicitor to write or update your Will, as this ensures everything is valid.  You may have your own that you want to use, alternatively you can contact The Law Society to find a qualified solicitor. 

Our Free Will Scheme 

We know that writing your Will can seem daunting and at times difficult knowing where to start - we can make it easier with our offer to have your will written or updated for free.  

Choose what’s best for you, online or in person. There is no obligation or pressure to leave a gift to Barnardo’s but we do hope that you consider remembering childhood in your Will. 

Write your Will online 

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Our provider, Bequeathed, will guide you step by step through writing your free Will online. The scheme is available in England and Wales.  

Write your Will at a local solicitor’s office 

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Our partner for 10 years, QualitySolicitors, have local expert solicitors available in England and Wales to write or update your Will for free if you are age 55 or over. 

If you’re interested in receiving further details of the scheme alongside a list of participating solicitors in your area to choose from, contact us on 0800 008 7005 or complete the form below. 

How to include us in your Will 

If you want to leave Barnardo's a gift in your Will, it's worth taking time to think about the form and value of your gift. 

You can leave the following types:

  • A fixed sum: this is a set sum of money such as £1,000. This type of gift is also known as a pecuniary gift 
  • A share or percentage: this is what is left over after all bills, debts, taxes and other gifts are paid. This type of gift is also known as a residuary gift. You can give the whole of the residue to a person or a charity, or a portion of it
  • A specific item: this is a specific item such as a painting, piece of jewellery or house

Whatever kind of gift you leave, know that it has the power to transform a childhood. 

Suggested gift wording 

We always advise that you speak to a legal professional to check you’ve got the right wording in your Will. It’s always important to include our name, registered charity number and address:

  • Registered charity Nos. 216250 and SCO37605 
  • Barnardo's, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 1QG