The exclusive partnership means those who do not already have one in place can have a simple Will professionally written that captures everything from final wishes and organ donation preferences, to inheritance and tax planning.
In return, those taking advantage of the offer will be asked to consider leaving a legacy gift in their Will to Barnardo’s. The scheme has already seen more than 3,000 people take part and raised an impressive £15 million in estimated future income for disadvantaged and vulnerable children throughout the UK since it began in 2010. The money goes towards services and research for kids who have experienced poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.
Barnardo’s Will Scheme Senior Relationships Manager, Sue Westbury said the scheme is a “wonderful way to help people plan ahead whilst also supporting a truly worthwhile cause”.
“Given that nearly £1 in every £2 we receive from our kind and generous supporters comes from gifts left in Wills, this partnership is central to ensuring Barnardo’s work continues to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families long into the future,” Mrs Westbury said.
Previous research by YouGov has shown that around 60 per cent of adults in the UK do not have a Will, with a fifth of people saying they are not wealthy enough to need one. Despite this, the Citizen Advice service reported a rise in the number of enquiries on behalf of people who have died without making a Will, revealing issues for families.
Partner at QualitySolicitors Lawson & Thompson, Tim Barker said people should consider a Will whatever their financial situation might be.
“A Will is the only way to properly plan for the inevitable and truly offer peace of mind for you and your loved ones, regardless of your wealth,” Mr Barker said.
“Without a Will, intestacy rules will apply when you pass which could add additional grief for loved ones and even see them being left out of your estate.
“This March, we’re excited to once again partner with Barnardo’s for Will Month to support those over 55 years to have their legacy protected – and in doing so they can help support life-changing work for our community’s most vulnerable.”
The law surrounding estate planning and administration is complex and there are risks involved in having a Will that is not properly drafted, signed or witnessed. Using a solicitor reduces these risks and gives people reassurance that they will be protected if something does go wrong.
By taking advantage of March Will Month, people aged over 55 years can save up to £100 plus VAT for a simple single Will or £165 plus VAT for a joint Will, which is the normal cost for professional Will writing services. To book an appointment, simply call 01670 751 101.