The UK’s largest children’s charity, Barnardo’s, depends on legacy gifts for up to half of their voluntary income, which goes directly towards funding vital support services for vulnerable children and young people.
QualitySolicitors Gould & Swayne has raised an impressive £24,515 for charity through a strong 16-year partnership with Will Aid, an organisation dedicated to encouraging people to get a Will with a qualified, regulated and insured solicitor while doing good for the community at the same time.
The Glastonbury-, Wells- and Street-based firm again joined the annual Will-writing campaign in November, inviting people to make a donation to Will Aid instead of paying for their solicitor’s time and expertise. All monies raised since the firm joined the scheme in 2002 has been passed straight to nine partner charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).
From the 1 October a new piece of legislation is going to change what are now nearly 100 year old intestacy rules i.e. rules as to what happens to someone’s money and property upon their death where they do not have a Will.
Losing a loved one is upsetting, confusing and one of the most difficult times to go through. The grieving process can be made even more difficult when there is a dispute over a Will. Whether this is because you have been unfairly left out of a Will, not been adequately provided for or you are acting as an Executor and someone else is contesting a Will then we can help you. This is often known as “Contentious Probate”. We have extensive experience in dealing with complex and not so complex Will disputes.