1. Many more people are writing Wills online.
2. The average range of people making Wills is getting younger.
3. More Wills are being completed on mobile devices.
4. Solicitors' share of Will writing market declined yet again.
5. Legacy donations to charities continue to rise.
2021 was once again impacted by Coronavirus as it proved to be another disruptive year with the pandemic playing its part in more Wills being written as it focused peoples' minds on thinking about their own mortality.
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.
For many weeks during lockdown solicitors' offices were closed, and even when they were open, the limitations of social distancing and the difficulties of meeting at a solicitor's office made people look at alternatives. The inflexible working practices of many solicitors firms is a factor that has helped accelerate the move to online Will writing.
Video Will witnessing, introduced in 2020, continued to be negligible.
Funeral arrangements were significantly impacted in the early part of the year, with limitations placed upon washing, dressing and holding a person's body, as well as restrictions on the numbers allowed to attend funerals.
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The average age for people writing their Wills was 54.6
33% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people aged under 50.
48% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people aged in their 50s or 60s.
19% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people aged 70 or older.
48% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people who were married.
37% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people who were single or divorced.
7% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website were written by people who were widowed.
51% of Wills were written by men, and 49% 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.
56% of people would like to be cremated.
10% of people would prefer a burial in a cemetery.
4% of people would prefer a natural woodland burial.
We allow people to leave gifts in their Wills. Here are the top ten gifted items for 2021:-1. Money
11% of all Wills written via the FreeWills.co.uk website included a donation to charity.
Over £33 million was pledged to charity in 2021 via Freewills.co.uk which equates to the equivalent of £644,000 every week.
934 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.
For charities wishing to explore how FreeWills.co.uk can help with your legacy programmes, request a free demo at https://www.freewills.co.uk/charity