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The only constant in life is change - make sure your will reflects this

You may have made a will – but is it out of date? Here Will Aid campaign director Peter de Vena Franks explains why amendments to your existing document might be required.

 

More than 46% of people who made a will five years ago have had a change in circumstances that might influence their wishes, a Will Aid poll has found.

In a study carried out by our team, we asked participants if they had anything life changing happen to them since they put together their will.

Make your milestone moment count

Only half the UK population have made a will and the majority said they had a significant reason for writing one. Can you guess what made them act? Here Will Aid campaign director Peter de Vena Franks looks at what which make people act.

 

Birthdays are for celebrating.

But a milestone moment can also make you realise how short and fragile life really is.

A recent poll by Will Aid discovered that landmark birthdays – turning 30,40, 50 – were the primary reason why people decided to make a will.

Will Aid solicitors raise £1.3 million for charity

Solicitors across the UK have helped raise more than £1.3 million for nine charities as part of a charity will-writing campaign.

 

More than 1,000 solicitor branches nationwide took part in Will Aid 2016, volunteering their time and waiving their fees to write almost 13,000 wills for people, asking only for a voluntary for a donation instead.

 

Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid campaign director, said: “The staggering amount of money raised will provide vital funds to help vulnerable people and communities in the UK and around the world.

 

Miller Hendry’s £4,645 boost for Will Aid scheme

Tayside solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry have raised £4645 for charity after taking part in the latest Will Aid campaign.

 

Anthony McVeigh, from the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) ,visited the firm on Monday (April 24) to present partners and staff with a certificate to thank them for their support.

 

The big-hearted firm – which has offices in Dundee, Perth and Crieff – has taken part in Will Aid every year since 2000 and, in that time, has raised a whopping £79,503.

 

Nottinghamshire firm awarded for their Will Aid effort

A law firm based in Newark and Mansfield has raised £11,329 for charity this year after taking part in a will-writing campaign.

 

Tallents Solicitors in Nottinghamshire signed up to the annual Will Aid scheme last year and its lawyers wrote wills for local people in exchange for a donation.

 

Elizabeth Rees, solicitor at the firm, said: “We are thrilled to have raised such a lot of money for such a worthwhile cause.

 “Taking part in Will Aid has enabled us to give back to both, our community and nine great charities.”

 

The importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney

Life is fragile but while we cannot always protect ourselves from accident or illness, we can help those we love from making difficult decisions on our behalf. Here Laura Harrington-Rutterford for Attwells Solicitors, one of the law firms involved in Will Aid, explains why setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney as part of your paperwork can bring peace of mind.

 

Will Aid Month is upon us and thousands of you are making appointments with solicitors like myself to draw up a will.

The heir hunters: No will and no known next of kin – what happens next?

It’s relatively easy to make a Will. This month it’s even easier as you can get your Will sorted in exchange for a donation to charity thanks to the efforts of Will Aid. Yet an astonishing 50 percent of people put it off, sometimes forever. So what happens then…?

 

The unfortunate thing is that if you die with no Will and no known next of kin, you could simply be handing your entire estate to the state – now I doubt there are many people who would be happy with that prospect!

 

Last chance to get your Will Aid appointment

A will-writing campaign that helps people to get their paperwork in order and raises money for charity has only two weeks left to run – and appointments have been filling up fast.

 

Will Aid Month started on 01 November and lasts for just four weeks (until 30 November), linking people with participating solicitors in their area who prepare basic wills in exchange for a donation.

 

But there is a limit on available appointments which have been booked up fast, with solicitors reporting having only a few remaining over the last two weeks of the campaign.