Every November, for the last 25 years, Will Aid solicitors give up their time to write wills for people in return for a voluntary donation to charity.
It’s a really wonderful idea and I salute everyone involved – especially all the solicitors! So many of us put off writing – or updating – a will. So many of us resent paying solicitors! So this is a great incentive, as we plunge towards the winter of the year, to get the deed done, by a professional – and give some money to a charity at the same time. That’s what I call a win-win.
Nine of the biggest British charities help make this happen, and are obviously hoping you’ll both donate and remember them in your will. You’re invited to donate (and go oon, do it) and you can give to any charity you like, it’s not restricted to the Will Aid charities.
A will Aid poll last year showed – as other polls have done in the past – how many people haven’t made a will, even when they have property and dependents. Often this is based on assumptions that don’t necessarily hold true, for example, that their estate will automatically go to their partner when they die. The only way to guarantee what you want to happen to your money and possessions is to have an up-to-date will. It’s as simple as that.
Go to www.willaid.org.uk to find a solicitor.
There’s also a Will Planner on their site you can use to help prepare for meeting a solicitor.
Or for more information e mail enquiries [at] willaid [dot] org [dot] uk or call 0300 0300 013.