Solicitors G Cartwright and Co, of Chatteris, and Metcalfe Copeman and Pettefar, of Wisbech, are taking part in Will Aid’s Make A will Month to raise money for charity.
If readers want to ensure that their own loved ones are left in no doubt as to who should inherit, then they really need to write a proper Will as soon as possible. Local solicitors are ready and waiting to write Wills during November without charging their normal fee. All that they ask in return is that readers consider making a donation to Will Aid. The suggested donation is £90 for a single Will and £135 for mirror Wills. 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.
Unless you make a proper Will, your worldly goods will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy. Not only can this mean that the people you wanted to benefit might not do so, but it can also bring your 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. People named as executors may have died; beneficiaries may have moved and be very difficult to trace; family circumstances may have changed dramatically. There may have been births, deaths, marriages, separations and divorces, all of which may have an impact on the contents of a Will and some of which can affect its validity.
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 a Will without charge so that it can be located when it is needed.
Shirley Marsland, campaign manager for Will Aid says: “Will Aid offers readers a unique 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. It’s your chance to properly provide for your nearest and dearest and, at the same time, to help others in need. Over the past 25 years, Will Aid has helped 250,000 people to protect their loved ones with a proper Will and the £13.6 million raised in donations as a result has improved beyond measure the lives of thousands of people in the UK and around the world. Making that call to book an appointment could be the most important thing you do this year!” Call a participating solicitor as soon as you can. Demand for Will Aid is bound to be high and 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.