Will Aid 2016 is now open for business. The scheme, which runs every November, sees solicitors across the country waive their fee for writing a will and instead ask their clients to make a donation to Will Aid.
The suggested donation is £95 for a basic will or £150 for a pair of basic mirror wills. The money raised is split between nine charities: Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, SCIAF, Sightsavers, and Trocaire.
If you have more complex needs you may need to pay an additional fee, which you can agree with your solicitor.
In order to participate all you need to do is visit Willaid.org.uk to find a participating solicitor near you. The charity urges those that are interested to book an appointment as early as possible as some solicitors get oversubscribed.
Why it’s vital to have a will
Writing a will is the only way to ensure that your estate will be distributed according to your wishes when you die. If you die without one the laws of intestacy will apply which may not reflect your wishes.
But monetary issues aren’t the only reason to write a will. For parents a will is also an opportunity to stipulate who will be the guardians of your child or children if you die. According to Will Aid, 53% of parents with dependent children have not prepared this essential piece of paperwork. With 40,000 UK children a year losing a parent, many are having their futures dictated by the courts.
Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director at Will Aid says: “Do not assume that if you do not assign a guardian, the court will automatically grant custody to aunts, uncles, or even grandparents of a child. A will provides the best way for a parent or parents to leave instructions about who they would like their child to be cared for in the event of their death and Will Aid provides the perfect opportunity to do this.”