Joseph Beams at Audley Chaucer explains how writing Wills can give back to your community after a difficult year.
You’ll already know how important it is to have a Will. You’ll no doubt have written many of them before, and told all your loved ones how important they are.
Yet at the last estimate, 50% of the UK population are still without a Will. Although in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, more and more people are looking to put their affairs in order, but many aren’t sure where to start. As solicitors, we’re equipped with the skills and expertise to help them. And by signing up to Will Aid, we can use these skills to help important charities at the same time.
Here’s how it works. When a firm signs up to Will Aid, they volunteer some of their time in November, waiving their fees for writing basic Wills. Instead, they invite clients to make an upfront donation to Will Aid, which supports the vital work of the nine Will Aid charities, here in the UK and around the world.
It’s a beautifully simple idea that means we can use our skills as solicitors to benefit people everywhere. It benefits clients in our local community, by giving them peace of mind in these uncertain times. It benefits charities who were hit hard by the pandemic, and need support to continue the vital work they do. And to be honest, it benefits solicitors too, by generating good publicity and bringing new clients to the firm, many of whom need additional services which can be charged for.
I’m so proud to be part of a firm that wants to give back to the community, and I’m excited to keep raising money for the life-changing work of the Will Aid charities. Especially off the back of a year like this. I’d strongly encourage any solicitors writing Wills for clients to sign up for Will Aid this year, and use their skills to help so many people at once, all whilst bringing new business to their firm.