Slots available for charity will-writing scheme

Brechin solicitor firm Shiells is offering appointments for a charity will-writing scheme as availability runs out across Angus.
Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid campaign director, is encouraging the public to take up appointments while they are still available.Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid campaign director, is encouraging the public to take up appointments while they are still available.
Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid campaign director, is encouraging the public to take up appointments while they are still available.

Solicitors have been exceptionally busy this year as more people have been looking to get their affairs in order by making a will through the popular Will Aid.

The campaign takes place every November and sees participating solicitors across the country waive their fees for writing wills in return for an upfront voluntary donation to Will Aid, which is then split between its nine partner charities.

Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid campaign director, said: “Will Aid solicitors up and down the country have been incredibly busy this month and are working hard to meet the demand.

“Recent years have highlighted the fragility of life and the importance of having your affairs in order. Will Aid month is a great opportunity to tick an important job off your list while supporting nine charities working incredibly hard in the wake of the cost-of-living crisis.

“I am incredibly grateful to our participating solicitors for their support and would implore anyone yet to make a will to book an appointment today to avoid disappointment.”

The suggested donation is £100 for a single will or £180 for a pair of mirror wills.

Solicitors across the UK raised more than £590,000 during last year’s campaign.

The charity has seen a significant spike in enquiries this year due to additional celebrity support from Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis, Robert Peston and Graham Norton among others.

Graham said: “Making a Will with Will Aid means peace of mind.

“You never know what is around the corner and drawing up this simple document allows you to continue living each day to the full without worrying about what happens after the thunderbolt.”

Recent research carried out by the campaign found 54% of UK adults do not have a will, meaning there is no guarantee that their wishes would be met after death.

Anyone interested in booking a Will Aid appointment this month before available slots run out can do so by visiting the charity’s website at www.willaid.org.uk or by calling 0300 0300 013.

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