Coronavirus and the need for a will

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If there is one thing coronavirus has taught us it is this: life is precious and we will do everything we have to protect the ones we love. Here Peter de Vena Franks from charity will-writing scheme Will Aid explains why one of the many ways to do this is getting your paperwork in order.

Solicitors are reporting a "massive rise" in demand for wills from people worried about coronavirus.

Of course, having a will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only can a will legally protect your spouse, children and assets, it also spells out exactly how you would like things handled after you have passed on.

As a legally-binding document, it lets you determine how you would like your estate to be handled upon your death. After all, if you die without a will, there is no guarantee that your intended desires will be carried out.

Having a will also helps you decide who will take care of your minor children. It makes things much less stressful for your relatives at what is likely to be a very stressful time already. And it’s a chance for you to make gifts and donations to loved ones and causes you care about.

Financial gifts made in wills are the lifeblood of many charities. By remembering your favourite charities in this way, you’re ensuring that their good work lives on.

Every November during Will Aid Month, the solicitors we work with waive their usual fees and ask for people to make a donation instead towards having a professional will drawn up.

This money is then split between nine Will Aid charities who use it to help some the most vulnerable people in the UK and worldwide.

The recent pandemic has underlined that while you cannot predict the future, you can be prepared if the worst was to happen.

If you haven’t got a will drawn up yet and would like to take advantage of the Will Aid scheme, you can sign up and express your interest in an appointment now.

Visit https://www.willaid.org.uk/firsttohear to receive an email reminder as soon as the 2020 campaign goes live.