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Make will-writing the top of the New Year resolutions list - Will Aid

02/01/2018 News Team

Preparing a will should top the list of New Year’s resolutions for 2018, according to campaign director of Will Aid Peter de Vena Franks.

Will Aid, a national charity will-writing initiative, enlists legal firms to write wills for people in exchange for a voluntary donation to Will Aid. Donations are then shared between the nine participating charities.

A poll carried out by Will Aid in 2017 found that close to half of Britons do not have a will. Solicitors who take part in the initiative provide the will writing service for local people and waive their usual fee, asking for a voluntary donation instead.

“Getting a professionally drafted will is something that is easy to do but has a lasting impact so we want to reverse that trend this year and give people something simple to pledge to do in 2018. Your loved ones will thank you in the long run," Mr de Vena Franks said.

“Preparing a will with a solicitor is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out.”

The suggested voluntary donation for a basic Will Aid will is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of mirror wills.

Will Aid raised more than £1.2 million for its charity partners in 2016, who comprise ActionAid; Age UK; British Red Cross; Christian Aid; NSPCC; Save the Children; Sightsavers, SCIAF; and Trocaire.

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