1. Many more people are writing Wills online.
2. Will Writing doubled in 2020.
3. Solicitors' share of Will writing market declined.
4. Age range is getting younger.
5. More Wills are being completed on mobile devices.
6. Legacy donations to charities are on the rise.
2020 was a highly unusual year for all of us, and one of the few industries that prospered was that of Will Writing.
March and April were the months the most Wills were written during the year.
Our busiest day of the year in terms of Wills written was 23rd March, the day Boris Johnson ordered UK citizens to stay at home.
We saw a 78% increase in Wills written on 23rd March, compared to the week before.
The pandemic played its part in more Wills being written as it focused peoples' minds on thinking about their own mortality and made us all realise that we needed to do something that we had been putting off.
Lockdown gave people plenty of time at home to think about their loved ones, and with most solicitors offices closed, many people turned to online Will writing options with customers able to take advantage of the value for money and convenience offered.
Are solicitors days numbered? It did not help that for many weeks during lockdown their offices were closed, and even when they were open, the limitations of social distancing and the difficulties of meeting at a solicitor's office, at their convenience, made people look at alternatives. It is a factor in the move to online Will writing - with the percentage of Wills written online estimated at 16% of all Wills written in the UK.
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The average age for people writing their Wills has fallen to 55.
32% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people aged under 50.
50% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people aged in their 50s or 60s.
18% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people aged 70 or older.
49% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people who were married.
7% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people who were widowed.
37% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people who were single or divorced.
52% of Wills were written by men, and 48% by women.
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We provide multiple options for people to choose what they would like to happen to their body after they die.
57% of people would like to be cremated.
11% of people would prefer a burial in a cemetery.
New for 2020, we gave people the option to select a natural burial, and 1 in 30 have selected this as their preference.
With non-religious ceremonies gaining in popularity, we allow our customers to choose songs they would like played at their funeral service. Here is the top ten for 2020:-10. Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye – Vera Lynn
We allow people to leave gifts in their Wills. Here are the top ten gifted items for 2020:-1. Jewellery
People were very generous...
10% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website included a donation to charity.
Over £26 million was pledged to charity in 2020 via Freewills.co.uk which equates to the equivalent of £516,373 every week.
878 different charities were remembered...
Legacy donations came in large and small amounts and covered the full breadth of charitable organisations, both large and small.
People chose to remember causes close to them, which spanned major fundraising organisations and many medium sized and smaller non-profits covering animal welfare, armed and ex-services, children's charities, community, culture, disabled, education, elderly, environment, family, health, hospices, housing, human rights, medical research and welfare, mental health, overseas aid, rescue services, social welfare, sport and recreation as well as religious charities.
People gave generously to all types of non-profits and the donations for the second half of the year eclipsed those of the first half, showing legacy donations are increasing.