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Vital funds raised for charity

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).

More than half (60%) of adults in the UK do not have a Will either because they have chosen not to have one or have actively not crossed it off their to-do list.[1] Without a legally valid Will in place, the Rules of Intestacy will apply to the estate of those who pass away, which can create unnecessary tensions.

QualitySolicitors Gould & Swayne Trust and Estate Practitioner Ruth Grinter said the scheme supports valuable community work.

“Will Aid has not only helped us to reach people in our local community who do not have a Will, but it has allowed us to contribute to the wider community by raising money for charities who do incredible work day-in-day-out,” Ms Grinter said.

The scheme has raised more than £20 million for charity since it launched 30 years ago.

Will Aid campaign director Peter de Vena Franks said everyone benefits from the scheme.

“One in three people die in the UK without making a Will, leaving confusion and chaos behind along with the sadness of losing a loved one,” Mr de Vena Franks said.

“Will Aid encourages people to prepare this vital piece of paperwork at the same time as making a difference by raising money for charity.

“We are thrilled that QualitySolicitors Gould & Swayne joined this year’s campaign. They have contributed a great deal to our fundraising efforts in the past.”

QualitySolicitors Gould & Swayne is a Lexcel-accredited law firm who provide uncomplicated advice on all Private Client matters, including Wills, estate and tax planning, Lasting Power of Attorney applications, the probate process and inheritance disputes. To book your appointment, call the team on 01458 480 025.

[1] Cherry Reynard, ‘60% of people don’t have a will’, YourMoney (21 February 2018)

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