A shocking 61% of the population – the equivalent of more than 30 million people – haven’t got round to making a Will yet, but now there is the perfect incentive as Rothera Sharp is once again taking part in Will Aid.
Will Aid, which this year celebrates its 30th year, takes place every November and asks participating law firms to forgo their usual fee for writing a basic Will. Clients are then encouraged to make a donation to the Will Aid scheme instead, with the money raised going to nine UK charities including Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save The Children, SCIAF, Sightsavers and Trócaire.
By making a Will through Will Aid everyone benefits. You get peace of mind by ensuring that your final wishes are carried out and your loved ones will be taken care of when you die, whilst the charities involved get vital funds to continue their life-saving work.
Suggested voluntary donations to the scheme are £95 for a single Will or £150 for a pair of simple mirror wills. If you want to participate in the scheme but need to draw up a more complex Will, our solicitors can discuss a separate fee with you for extra work undertaken outside of the Will Aid scheme.
In total the firm has raised £47,639 since it first took part in Will Aid, including £890 from last year’s scheme, and was one of the top 10 firms in the East Midlands to raise money for Will Aid in 2016.
Rothera Sharp’s wills and probate partner Karen Hayward at our Beeston office, James Briggs at our Lace Market office and Alison Richardson who is based at our Arnold office are involved in the scheme this year. Karen said: “We are incredibly proud to have raised such a large sum to help these nine charities in all the years we’ve been supporting Will Aid. We hope this year’s campaign will be even more successful in encouraging people to make wills while donating generously to charity.”
Will Aid has been running since 1988 and to date has raised over £19 million for the charities mentioned above, with more than 300,000 people making a Will using the scheme.
Appointments can be made on Will Aid’s website from September; simply visit: http://www.willaid.org.uk/