Make a will and help charities too

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HAVE you been thinking that you should make or change your will? Have you been putting it off because you are too busy with work and family or do you think it will be too expensive?

Well, now with Will Aid’s Make a Will Month fast approaching, it’s time to gain peace of mind by putting things right.

Will Aid solicitors locally are offering readers a wonderful opportunity to put their affairs in order, protect their loved ones’ future and give to charity at the same time. During November they will draw up basic wills without charging their normal fee. Instead they invite the will-maker to make a donation to Will Aid.

The suggested minimum donation is £85 for a single will and £125 for a pair of matching or ‘mirror’ wills or £40 for a change to an existing will (codicil). All the money donated is shared between the nine participating charities that carry out life-changing work here in the UK and around the world.

But appointments are filling up fast, so it is important to call a local participating solicitor straightaway.

Most charity will schemes are aimed at older people. Will Aid is different. The scheme is open to adults of any age and that’s because Will Aid solicitors know how important it is for most people to have a proper will. It doesn’t matter whether you are 18 or 80 years old you need to have an up to date will.

Shirley Marsland, campaign manager for Will Aid commented: “I would urge everyone to think seriously about what would happen if they died without a will. Parents of young children need to have appointed guardians should the worst happen, and anyone who has married, divorced or had children should make sure their will is up to date and reflects these changes.

“Even if you think your affairs are simple, you can leave a great deal of unnecessary stress and trouble behind you if you die without a will. Don’t let this happen to your loved ones.

“Will Aid is a fantastic opportunity to get an affordable will and give to good causes at the same time. I urge you to take the first simple step by booking your appointment with a local participating solicitor.”

To offer readers additional security, Will Aid has teamed up with Certainty to offer Will Aid clients free will registration during November. Registering a will is a simple process that ensures this vital document can be found when it is needed. The consequence is real distress and even financial loss to hundreds of families every year.

So to protect your loved ones, contact a Will Aid solicitor today to make an appointment. Will Aid solicitors get very busy in November so make sure you don’t miss this chance. Participating solicitors can be found at www.willaid.org.uk or by calling the hotline 0300 0300 013.

Participating local solicitors are: Marjory MacDonald Solicitors - Ms Marjory MacDonald, 01241 874898, Market Place, Arbroath; Alan E Masterton Solicitors - Mr Alan Masterton, 01382 539313, 52a Church Street, Broughty Ferry, and 0845 643 1608, 12 to 14 Maule Street, Monifieth; J. Myles & Co., - Mr John Hall, 01241 855769 - 63 High Street, Carnoustie.