Will Aid is a national will-writing campaign that takes place every November. It is designed to raise vital funds for the life-changing work of nine of the UK’s leading charities.
Since Will Aid started in 1988, it has enabled the legal profession to raise over £21 million for good causes and encouraged more than 310,000 people to make their wills.
Participating solicitors volunteer their time and expertise to the initiative, waving their usual fees for writing basic wills. In return, will-makers are asked to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. Any work carried out in addition to these services can be charged and paid to the firm.
The suggested donations are £100 for a basic single will and £180 for basic mirror wills. Donations are shared between our nine partner charities, helping them continue delivering the vital services they provide.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on charities funding, which will potentially restrict the number of vulnerable people they are able to help.
If there is one thing that’s certain about the coronavirus pandemic, is that it has given us time to reflect on the fragility of life. And whilst we cannot predict the future, we can be prepared for it by having an up-to-date will.
Every year, the demand for our services increases but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we foresee this year’s demand being the highest yet with more and more people wanting to get their affairs in order.
We can never meet all the demand we generate, which is why this year of all years, we need more solicitors across the UK to lend their expertise and time to the campaign.
Tallents Solicitors have been taking part in Will Aid for the last six years.
“Making a will is something that I feel every adult should do,” says Sarah Allen, Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate at Tallents Solicitors in Newark, Southwell and Mansfield.
“Too many people put it off, thinking it’s a scary task to undertake not realising the heartache and chaos that is left behind if they die without a will in place.
“At Tallents Solicitors, we believe in making will writing as accessible and easy as possible for everyone, and that’s why we take part in Will Aid each November.
It’s a great way for us to reach out into our local communities and remind people who might have put off writing a will that our experienced solicitors are here to help them through the process.”
Sarah finishes: “This has been a difficult and trying year for us all but we hope that people now realise how important it is to have an up to date and valid will. Using the Will Aid promotion means that not only can they utilise the skills of a professionally qualified solicitor to put their affairs in order, but they also can give back to support several vital UK charities at the same time.”
There is no requirement for the amount of time your firm has to contribute, you can write as many Will Aid wills as you like.
Taking part is a fantastic opportunity to give back to your local community and enables you to meet new and valuable clients, many of whom need additional work. We have lots of loyal solicitors who praise Will Aid for introducing them to new clients.
It can also provide a PR boost for your firm and increase your profile and reputation through great local publicity.
The initiative is easy and simple to sign up. You can sign up to participate here: https://www.willaid.org.uk/solicitors/register.
If you have any questions, or would like to talk through the scheme, please contact Will Aid publicity team on firstname.lastname@example.org.