Will Aid

Will Aid 2013: Making a difference together for 25 yearsWill Aid 2013: Making a difference together for 25 years

This November, Will Aid will again offer the opportunity for people to make a quality basic Will with a local participating solicitor in return for a donation to good causes. The suggested donation is £90 for a single basic Will.

Over the past 25 years, Will Aid solicitors and their clients have contributed £13.6 million in donations to charities and during the same period £95m has been promised as gifts in Wills to charity, making Will Aid the UK’s most successful charity will-writing scheme.

Last November alone, the general public responded with enthusiasm and around 24,000 people were given the push they needed to finally write their Will and in so doing raised almost £2.1 million in donations (including Gift Aid).

The money raised is shared between the participating charities (ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trocaire) and provides vital funds to help people to build their communities and improve their future in the UK and around the world.

Only with professional help can people feel confident that their Will is valid and their wishes will be carried out. Many people don’t make a Will because they assume that their partner will automatically inherit everything. This is not true. For example, people who are not legally married or in a civil partnership are not automatically entitled to anything from the estate of their partner. There are even financial limits on what a surviving legally married person can receive. This may be less than the value of the family home – possibly forcing its sale to pay off other relatives. As a result, many surviving loved ones may have to endure a drawn out legal process and a good deal of emotional stress.

It is also very important to keep the Will up-to-date. This is particularly important when family circumstances change. There may be births, deaths, divorces, marriages and of course people named as guardians for children or executors of the Will may become unsuitable through age or ill health.

With preparation and the help of a Will Aid solicitor, making a Will need not be difficult or time-consuming. In fact, it can often be done in a lunch hour. Details of participating solicitors will be available online from 2nd September. 

Shirley Marsland, Will Aid campaign manager, said:

Will Aid has made a real difference for 25 years – both to the work of  the charities and to the 250,000 people our participating solicitors have helped to make a Will. This November, we hope that even more people will have the opportunity to make their Will with a Will Aid solicitor. Making a Will with a Will Aid solicitor provides peace of mind from knowing that loved ones are properly provided for and that hard- earned assets will eventually go to the people and causes you care about rather than some little known distant relative or the Treasury.”