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 vulnerable and disadvantaged 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 that 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.
Managing Partner of QualitySolicitors Truemans, Michael Trueman said people should consider a Will whatever their financial situation might be.
“Thinking ahead about what we would like to happen when we die can be an uncomfortable topic for many, but it can save a lot of extra grief for loved ones further down the track,” Mr Trueman said.
“Having a Will in place is the only way to legally express your wishes and protect the interests of loved ones when you’re gone. Without one the rules of intestacy will apply, which means the government will decide how your estate is administered and those close to you could miss out.
“We’re excited to be involved with Will Month again, giving people the opportunity to protect their interests indefinitely and potentially leave a lasting impact for disadvantaged youth too.”
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 £200, which is the cost for a professionally written standard Will. To take part, simply call 01865 567 367 to book an appointment.