Will Aid, the UK’s top charity Will campaign, is urging solicitors who want to give something back to their community to sign up to this year’s campaign.
Throughout November participating solicitors write basic Wills for their Will Aid clients without charging their usual fee. Instead, clients are invited to make a voluntary donation to the Will Aid charities. The suggested minimum donation is £95 for a single basic Will and £150 for a pair of mirror Wills.
For the last 6 years an ongoing partnership between Will Aid and Certainty the National Will Register has allowed clients to register in excess of 30,000 Wills for free with Certainty. Registering a client’s Will ensures that the beneficiaries and executors can always find the firm that wrote the Will when the testator has died. Last year’s campaign encouraged around 24,000 people to make a legitimate Will with a participating solicitor, and £2.1 million was raised for the Will Aid charities.
Shirley Marsland, Campaign Manager, commented: “We anticipate that around 70,000 people will try to arrange an appointment for November with a Will Aid solicitor. Usually our solicitors can only accommodate about one third of this amount. This means that thousands of people are disappointed and that law firms around the UK are missing the opportunity to meet thousands of potential new clients. This is why we urgently need more solicitors to join us.”
NB Certainty Members will be able to register all Wills written under the Will Aid campaign, for free, without affecting their existing registration credit allowance