A national initiative which sees legal firms write wills for people in exchange for a charitable donation has officially launched in Warwickshire for 2017.
Will Aid Month, which takes place across the country from 1-30 November 2017, relies on generous solicitors up and down the UK to pledge their time and support for the cause which sees them provide the will writing service for local people for free in return for a donation which is then split between nine of the UK’s best- loved charities (see notes to editors for the list).
Peter de Vena Franks, Campaign Director for Will Aid said: “Will Aid 2016 was a fantastic success but we are really hoping 2017 will surpass that and for this year is going to be bigger and better than before. We’re looking for more and more Warwickshire based solicitors to sign up to Will Aid and donate their time, so we can help more and more people get their finances in order. Having a will is one of the most important, yet easiest things to tick off the to-do list and our charities benefit as a result!”
“If you’d like to make a will through Will Aid visit the website and make an appointment with a solicitor near you.”
Will Aid 2016 raised over £1.25 million for charity with over 9900 wills created.
Coventry and Warwickshire law firm Alsters Kelley LLP has raised a record-breaking sum in 2016. The Private Client Department raised £5,910 which is an all-time high for the firm.
Their great achievement placed them in the top 30 fundraisers for Will Aid 2016.
Neil Raiseborough, Head of the Private Client department at the firm, said: “We are thrilled to have raised an incredible amount for a great cause which we are proud to support. We’d urge other solicitors to sign up.”
Across the UK, Will Aid Solicitors and their clients have contributed over £15 million in donations and an estimated £95 million in legacy pledges since the campaign was founded over 25 years ago. The campaign is proud to have helped more than 275,000 people to write a proper Will with a professional Solicitor.
As well as helping people to protect their loved ones by writing a Will, Will Aid really does transform the lives of thousands of people whose lives are characterised by deprivation, isolation and poverty.
For more information about Will Aid visit the website at www.willaid.org.uk