Make a difference by making a Will

The ever-popular Will Aid fund-raiser is set to roll out across the UK this November - and as always a number of local solicitors are taking part.

Ferguson and Will LLP and Sheills will write a basic Will, without charging their normal feel, to help people put their affairs in order and secure the future for their loved ones.

All that they ask in return is that clients consider making a donation to Will Aid, with the suggested minimum donation of £90 for a single Will and £135 for mirror Wills.

Over 250,000 people have written their Will through Will Aid since its launch 25 years ago.

The money raised is shared by nine UK charities that carry out life-changing work here in the UK and around the world, including Age UK, Christian Aid and Save the Children.

When someone dies without a valid Will, their money and possessions are distributed under the laws of intestacy.

Not only can this mean that the people intended to benefit might not do so, but it can also bring loved ones additional stress and heartache sorting out the mess at a time when they are least equipped to cope.

Even if you have a Will it is important to keep it up to date.

Experts suggest that a Will is reviewed every five years and updated as and when circumstances change.

Loved ones also need to know where to find a Will when it is needed.

Often families are certain that a Will was written, but cannot lay their hands on it. When this happens, the estate is distributed as if there were no Will.

Thanks to Will Aid’s partnership with Certainty, the National Will Register, Will Aid clients can register their Will without charge so that it can be swiftly located when it is needed.

Shirley Marsland, Will Aid campaign manager says: “Often people assume that if they die without a Will, their loved ones will still inherit, but solicitors know that this can be far from the truth.

“Will Aid is a fantastic opportunity to get an affordable Will with one of our friendly and approachable solicitors.

“They are giving their time without any payment to help you look after your loved ones and to support some very worthwhile causes.

“Making that call to book an appointment could be the most important thing you do this year!”

You need to book your appointment for November as early as possible to ensure that you can take part in the scheme.

Participating solicitors can be found at www.willaid.org.uk or by calling the hotline 0300 0300 013.