Every law firm in the Network has the potential of acquiring a steady stream of valuable new clients.
A FREE Will program where lawyers are paid
Charities in the Canadian Free Wills Network enable their supporters to have their Will written free of charge by a local lawyer.
The charities pay you for the Wills you write via the Network – so it’s free to the charity supporters, but you are compensated.
Many charities depend on legacies for a large part of their income.
As a lawyer, you know the importance of a valid, up to date Will and studies suggest only a third of Canadian adults have one.
The charities pay a set fee for simple Wills, making the ‘core’ element of the service free to all users.
Clients requiring a more complex Will pay you a ‘top up’ fee.
For legal and ethical reasons, supporters are not obliged to include a gift to the charity that refers them, though the great majority choose to do so.
The Network channels new clients to you.
Your details are sent to supporters living in your area and they contact you direct to make an appointment. You can limit how many appointments you take.
Once each Will is written, the supporter signs a confidential declaration form issued to them by the Network office, which you forward to us, together with your invoice.
We pay promptly and are happy to fit around your invoicing routine. You will be able to charge the supporter/client for any necessary additional work – tax advice, discretionary trusts, Powers of Attorney etc.
Most Network charities address the Network opportunity to supporters aged 40 and over, because they are more likely to be in ‘Will making mode.’
You receive annual recognition of your membership that you can display in your publicity and communications.
Almost 250 law firms across Canada are part of the Network, which has been running since 2011.