Writing or amending your will need not be difficult or expensive. Breakthrough Cancer Research offers a Free Will Service for our supporters and their partners. You can create a simple will, free of charge, using an online will writing service. We are a charity partner of FreeWill Ireland. The FreeWill offering will be suitable for many people, but for those with more complex affairs, it is generally recommended to use the services of a solicitor.

There’s no obligation to do so, but we would be extremely grateful if you could support us with a gift in your will.

Why Make a Will?

Making a will is the best way of ensuring that your wishes are met, and the people and causes you care about are looked after.

Write your Will online

To help you get started with writing a will from the comfort of your own home, we’ve teamed up with FreeWill Ireland*, and their online partner Last Will* to provide you with a free online Will writing service.

1. When you have decided you would like to use this service, please contact Breakthrough to receive your unique weblink for your free will. You will also receive a simple will Guidance document by return email.
2. Review the guidance material before completing your online will. Plan your will, taking account of your various assets, liabilities and wishes for the future.
3. When you’re ready to start drafting your will, click on the link sent to you to start your free online will.
4. There are a number of sections and you can review and edit these as you progress.
5. Once the system has generated your will (it will be sent to your email), simply print it out and follow the instructions to sign it and have it witnessed.
6. Store your will in a safe place. It is recommended to make other relevant people aware of its location.
There is no charge for a standard will, which is suitable for most people.
If you find your will is more complicated and you want to take legal advice, you can ask FreeWill to refer you to their partner solicitor (but there is as a fee for this). The will can be reviewed either in person or via Zoom.

*You can check the separate privacy policies of FreeWill Ireland and Last Will on their websites.


Frequently Asked Questions

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What do I need to consider when using the Free Will Service?

You can find information before starting your will at this link. Along with your voucher code, we will also send you a guidance document to help you prepare.


Do I have to leave a gift in my Will to this Charity to use this FreeWill service?

No. Your will is your business so it’s entirely up to you whether you choose to leave us a gift or not.


If I leave a gift to Breakthrough in my will, do I need to let you know?

We won’t know you have left a gift unless you give permission to inform us (there is a tickbox option in the will) – or until the time comes for your will to be read. Whatever option you choose, we always love to hear from supporters so we can thank you for your gift and stay in touch.


What if I change my mind?

Including a gift in your will does not make it a binding commitment while you are still alive. You can change your mind and amend your Will again at any time.


I have a trusted solicitor. Can I use them to leave a gift to Breakthrough Cancer Research?

Yes, you can use your own solicitor to draw up your will, although it’s unlikely to be free to do so. Simply tell them you want to include a gift (residuary or cash) to Breakthrough Cancer Research in your will and they will arrange it for you. Once completed, we would be grateful if you could let us know so that we can thank you but you are under no obligation to do so. If you have already written a will and would like to leave a gift, you can create a codicil with your solicitor, which simply allows you to update part of your will.